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Pope Benedict XVI.

What does Benedict XVI actually say in new book on priestly celibacy?

In his chapter in a new book on priestly celibacy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says a historical understanding of the... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square Sept. 21, 2016.

Vatican: Pope Francis not in favor of optional priestly celibacy

A Vatican spokesman said Monday that Pope Francis’ position on priestly celibacy is “known,” quoting the pontiff’s remarks in a... Read more

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Benedict XVI, Cardinal Sarah pen book on priesthood, celibacy, crisis

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, have co-authored a book on... Read more

St Peter's Square, Vatican City.

‘No logical connection’ between celibacy and abuse, CDF official says

A senior official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has defended clerical celibacy in the wake of... Read more

Newly ordained priests are vested during their Mass of Ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Former vicar general of Rome: Ordaining married men in Amazon a 'wrong choice'

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who served as Vicar General of Rome for 17 years and was a close collaborator of St.... Read more

Bishop Wellington de Queiroz Vieira of Cristalandia at a Holy See press office briefing, Oct. 16, 2019.

Brazilian bishop: Lack of holiness among clerics an obstacle to vocations

A bishop in Brazil who is a member of the Amazon synod said Wednesday he believes a major obstacle to... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah. CNA file photo.

Cardinal Sarah: Ideological push in Amazon synod an 'insult to God'

The push by some Westerners to use the Vatican’s Amazon synod to advance their personal agendas is an insult to... Read more

Pope Francis with pilgrims and participants as the 2019 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon opens Oct. 7, 2019 in Rome.

Priestly celibacy discussed as Amazon synod gets underway

Some participants at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon have responded critically to a proposal that the Church... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

Cardinal Ouellet defends priestly celibacy ahead of Amazon synod

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, presented a book Wednesday arguing that in the face of challenges,... Read more

Thousands of priests gather in St. Peter's sqaure on June 3, 2016.

DC priest: celibacy allows a priest to give himself for others

Father Carter Griffin of the Archdiocese of Washington, author of “Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest,” told CNA... Read more

Pope Francis in the gateway to Peru's Madre de Dios region in the Amazon January 19, 2018.

Amazon Synod to consider possible ordination of married men

The working document for the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-amazonian region, released Monday, recommends study... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane to returning from Bangladesh Dec. 2, 2017.

Pope says he is against making priestly celibacy optional in the Latin rite

Pope Francis said Monday he is opposed to the idea of optional priestly celibacy in the Latin rite, and he... Read more