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Roman Catholic church could allow married men to become priests

© Reuters Roman Catholic pilgrims on the river Caraparu in Brazil, part of the Amazon basin. Remote areas are short of clergy.

A Vatican document has called on the Roman Catholic church to consider allowing older married men to become priests in remote areas of the Amazon as a way to overcome the shortage of clergy in the region.

The recommendation will be discussed at a synod of bishops from the Amazon taking place at the Vatican in October.

A working document for the event says the possibility of ordaining “viri probati” – Latin for “men of proven virtue” – should be discussed.

“While affirming that celibacy is a gift for the church, there have been requests that, for the most remote areas of the region, the possibility of conferring priestly ordination on elderly men is discussed,” the document says.

The Guardian

17th June 2019

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