Celibacy Not Optional For Priests : Pope Francis


Pope Francis has said he opposes making priestly celibacy optional, however he may consider allowing married men to be ordained priests in remote areas.

Speaking to journalists on the flight back from World Youth Day, the Pope said he would not allow optional celibacy in the Latin Church in a way similar to the practice of the Eastern Catholic churches.

“In the Eastern rite, they can do it. They make the choice between celibacy or marriage before they’re ordained into the diaconate,” he said. “When it comes to the Latin rite, a phrase said by St. Paul VI comes to mind: ‘I would rather give my life than change the law on celibacy.’”

The Pope said he personally believes that “celibacy is gift to the Church” and that while the prospect of married priests could one day be considered in remote areas that lack priests, he did not agree “with allowing optional celibacy.”

“My decision is: no optional celibacy,” the Pope said. “I will not do this. I don’t feel like I could stand before God with this decision.”

Speaking on next month’s abuse summit, the Pope said he perceived “inflated expectations” about the meeting. The main purpose of the summit, he said, was to make bishops “aware of the tragedy” of abuse.

“I regularly meet with people who have been abused. I remember one person — 40 years old — who was unable to pray,” he said. “It is terrible, the suffering is terrible. So, first, they (the bishops) need to be made aware of this.”

The Pope said his Council of Cardinals suggested the summit after realizing that some bishops did not know how to address or handle the crisis on their own.

“We felt the responsibility of giving a ‘catechesis’ on this problem to the bishops’ conferences,” he said.

The meeting will address “in a clear way” what protocols bishops need to follow when handling sexual abuse, he added.

Asked about the expectations for the meeting, especially the expectations of Catholics who have grown frustrated with the repeated reports of abuse and cover-up by some bishops, the Pope said people need to realize “the problem of abuse will continue.”

“It is a human problem, a human problem [that is] everywhere,” he said.

But if the church becomes more aware of the tragedy of sexual abuse, the Pope said, it can help others face the crisis of abuse, especially in families “where shame leads to covering up everything.”

 

 

source: Catholic Herald

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4 thoughts on “Celibacy Not Optional For Priests : Pope Francis

  1. It is indeed a BLACK DAY in the history of the Catholic Church wherein the so called simple, dynamic and prophetic Pope Francis has made contradictory remarks:

    1) “My decision is: no optional celibacy,” the Pope said. “I will not do this. I don’t feel like I could stand before God with this decision.”

    2) Asked about the expectations for the meeting, especially the expectations of Catholics who have grown frustrated with the repeated reports of abuse and cover-up by some bishops, the Pope said, “people need to realize that the problem of abuse will continue. It is a human problem, a human problem [that is] everywhere.”

    On the one side, he justifies the “mandatory celibacy”. On the other side, he tells the people “sexual abuse by Cardinals/Bishops/Priests will continue for ever as it is a human problem”.

    It is indeed quite unbecoming on his part to make such statements. His indirect messages seem to be very clear.

    * Priests must take the Vow of Celibacy (as it is gift to the Church). Moreover, it is mandatory for their priestly ordination. Once they are ordained, they must try their best to be celibate.

    * If they violate the Vow of Celibacy and sexually abuse men or women, then, the lay people have to bear with them.

    The Pope is indeed prophetic but he is a PRISONER within the Vatican where he is MISGUIDED by his colleagues, the so called doctrinal scholars. Let the Pope not forget the history of his Predecessors some of whom were married, some had concubines and many were involved in immoral acts. Even after seeing with his own eyes the innumerable sexual abuse by Cardinals/Bishops/Priests during his tenure (the classic example of Chile), if he wants the Celibacy to be mandatory, then, he is living in a “fools’ paradise”.

    The Pope, who is the supreme authority of the Catholic Church, has no right to preach to his people that the problem of sexual abuse will continue and it is a human problem. By saying this he is clearly siding with the clergy. The ULTIMATE VICTIMS are the LAY PEOPLE whom the Pope wants to be submissive and bear with all types of sexual abuses by the clergy. On several occasions he had expressed his concerns for those who have been sexually abused by the clergy. To me they look like an EYE WASH.

    May God enlighten the members (including the Pope) of the forthcoming meeting to UNDERSTAND the serious problems of sexual abuse within the Church these days, DISCERN the Will of God, keeping in mind the welfare of the lay people and take the appropriate DECISION that will make a new beginning in the Church.

  2. The bishops meeting in Rome must reiterate the obvious, that sexual abuse is a crime, and in the case of clerics it’s even more so. As Jesus said, to whom more is given, of him more is expected.

  3. Celibacy should be made optional BEFORE joining the seminary. Married persons are no less spiritual than celibate ones. 11 of the 12 apostles were married. Jesus even healed Peter’s mother in law!🤔🤔🤔

  4. Actually Pope is right because priests without a helper is mostly failure these days.I propose major archbishops and patriarch, and all bishops and cardinals be moral persons married, able to manage atleast a family. Most of the clerics under them will receive peace and less role crisis and role conflicts. Now days bishops live in glass palace they know little realities of the missionaries of their own field. We have good number of lay leaders good candidates to lead the Catholic Church.

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