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Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Vatican summit on 'theology of the priesthood' will look at questions raised in recent synods

Cardinal Marc Ouellet announced Monday that the Vatican will host a theological symposium on the priesthood that will touch on... 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

Bishop Jose Luis Azcona.

Brazilian bishop: Yes, Amazon people can understand celibacy

A retired bishop from Brazil has spoken out against the claim that married priests are necessary in the Amazon region... 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

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

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on April 7, 2012.

Ahead of synod, alumni of Benedict XVI express concerns about married priesthood

Just days before the Amazon synod of bishops is to convene in Rome, a symposium of students of Pope Emeritus... 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

Dominican scholar: Church crisis calls for renewal of Catholic teaching on freedom

According to a Dominican scholar, the crisis of priestly fidelity is connected to a new cultural conception of human freedom... Read more

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The priest who started #CelibacyMatters

The culture assumes celibacy is unhealthy, repressive, and gamophobic, but is it?  Read more

Catholic Church in Australia commits to ensuring justice for sex abuse victims

In a wide-ranging report released Friday, Australia’s royal commission found serious failings in the protection of children from abuse in... Read more

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Despite reports, Pope Francis isn’t opening the door to all married priests

Pope Francis has reportedly said he will allow for debate as to whether married men could be ordained to the... Read more

Pope Francis on retreat, March 4, 2017.

Pope Francis has some ideas on how to fix the priest shortage

In a newly-released interview Pope Francis discussed the shortage of vocations to the priesthood, saying the first response must be... Read more

Priests concelebrate Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica, Jan. 6, 2015.

Not endorsement, but understanding – Pope Francis and married priests

While addressing the priests of the Diocese of Rome on Thursday, Pope Francis also responded to a question about married... Read more

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013.

Worldliness poses danger to priestly identity, Pope says

The biggest threat to priests is the temptation to be more immersed in the world than the Gospel, says Pope... Read more