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Father Hans Zollner.

Celibacy is not a direct cause of sexual abuse, Jesuit expert says

Sep 29, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The psychologist said that “celibacy is not a direct cause of abuse; what can become a risk factor is a... Read more

Bishop Eugenio Cóter

In wake of the clerical pederasty scandal in Bolivia, bishop says he favors optional celibacy for priests

May 15, 2023

By Julieta Villar

Bishop Eugenio Cóter, head of the Communication Commission of the Bolivian Bishops’ Conference, said in a radio interview that optional... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

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

Apr 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

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

Bishop Jose Luis Azcona.

Brazilian bishop: Yes, Amazon people can understand celibacy

Oct 17, 2019

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

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

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

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on April 7, 2012.

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

Sep 28, 2019

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

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

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

May 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Fr. Harrison Ayre. Courtesy photo

The priest who started #CelibacyMatters

Mar 7, 2018

By Perry West

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

Dec 15, 2017

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

Nov 5, 2017

By Mary Farrow

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

Mar 8, 2017

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

Feb 19, 2015

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

Apr 27, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

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