Pope Francis dangles possibility of marriage for priests

Can they or can’t they? We’re confused, too.

Pope Francis has been dropping hints about an opening on the issue of married priests, and it’s confusing everyone.


In a span of three months, Francis has talked about changes to the tradition of celibate priests-although he has never been precise about how this could be reformed. Earlier, he pointed out that there were already married priests in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Coptic Catholic churches.


"The door is always open but we are not talking about it now as the order of the day," said the Pontiff. Many campaign groups, however, consider it a priority. They are mostly made up of men who have been forced to shed their robes to get married.


The European Federation of Married Catholic Priests estimated more than 100,000 former Catholic priests have gotten married over the years-a figure which would make up around a quarter of the number of current priests.


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