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Pope Francis greets Archbishop Charles Scicluna.

Vatican official says Church should allow married priests

Jan 8, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that the Church should learn from the Eastern Churches, which allow married men the option to... Read more

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis talks Synod on Synodality and homosexuality in new interview

Nov 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Asked about the synod assembly’s discussion of homosexuality, Pope Francis said: “When I say ‘everyone, everyone, everyone,’ [I’m speaking about]... Read more

Pope Francis and delegates at the Synod on Synodality at the conclusion of the assembly on Oct. 28, 2023.

What does the Synod on Synodality document say about ‘controversial’ issues?

Oct 28, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Synod on Synodality’s final document includes a discussion of issues it says are still “controversial” inside the Church. Read more

Bishop Felix Gmür of Basel told Swiss newspaper “NZZ am Sonntag” on Sept 24, “It’s time to abolish mandatory celibacy.”

Swiss bishop calls for women’s ordination, end to celibacy ahead of synod

Sep 25, 2023

By AC Wimmer

“It’s time to abolish mandatory celibacy,” Bishop Felix Gmür of Basel told the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag on Sept... Read more


No, Pope Francis didn’t really hint that the requirement for priestly celibacy will be lifted

Mar 17, 2023

By Father Thomas Petri, O.P.

Secular media outlets and even some Catholic news organizations immediately jumped to the conclusion that the pope is open to... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on March 8, 2023.

Pope Francis discusses revising priestly celibacy in new interview

Mar 10, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Married priests are common in the Eastern Catholic Church, the pope noted, while the discipline of priestly celibacy is a... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

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

Jan 14, 2020

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

Jan 13, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Courtesy photo.

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

Jan 12, 2020

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

Dec 13, 2019

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'

Nov 5, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Oct 16, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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'

Oct 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Oct 8, 2019

By JD Flynn

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

Oct 2, 2019

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

Jul 17, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

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

Jun 17, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Jan 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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