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Pope Francis Shows Support for Marriage for Priests

A leader’s duty is at times to make changes, and at times to preserve traditions as he sees fit, and that’s just what the Pope is doing.  Pope Francis is  donating 100k Euros to help with the dire situation in Aleppo.  This is about $106k USD.

Viri Probati, a ‘discussion’ which roughly translates to men who have proven themselves worthy, will be a new path for married leaders to be accepted into the Catholic church.  Pope Francis is putting it out there for Catholics to discuss whether married men should be allowed to become priests.

This is not a removal of the long standing rule of celibacy for Catholic priests however.  It appears to be a debate on the issue of allowing married men to become priests.

This also appears to be a debate centered around a proposal made by one of Brazil’s theologians Leonardo Boff, which was itself a response to the shortage of priests in Brazil.

The debate about Viri Probati was revealed in an interview with the Pope by Die Zeit, a newspaper publication in Germany.

Looking around at what other news publications have written, the discussion is in its early stages.  Rome Reports dot com provides a little bit of insight into the context of the question.

To understand the pope’s response in this interview, one must understand the context of the question.
When “Die Zeit” asked about the crisis of vocations, Pope Francis responded that “optional celibacy is not the solution to the lack of vocations.”
The journalist then asks if ordering a “viri probati” is a way to solve it. The pope replies as follows:
“We must think, if the “viri probati “are a possibility [to solve the problem]. But we must also decide what kind of functions to entrust to them, for example in isolated communities.”


Do I support Viri Probati? Yea, it’s a good topic of discussion.  Marriage is a Christian tradition so it meshes in well with what Catholics like to discuss. Should I be villified for supporting a debate on Viri Probati? No no. After all, villifying me for having a positive attitude on Catholic discussions is itself an act of hypocrisy, which western pundits are incredibly known for.

Debate and dialogue is good for the Catholic church.





4 comments on “Pope Francis Shows Support for Marriage for Priests

  1. larryzb

    Priests were forbidden to marry in 1141 at the Second Lateran Council. Married men were forbidden to marry at the Council of Trent (1545 – 1563) as men were marrying in secret and then becoming priests. Thus, the Catholic Church has had married priests in the past. Celibacy was promoted during Scholastic times when the Church’s hysterical animosity towards married sex reached a zenith. Just saying.

    • larryzb

      Ooops. Sorry, I did not proofread my above comment. It should read “Married men were forbidden from becoming priests . …”

    • Digital Empire

      oh interesting!

    • Digital Empire

      One of the things that the Catholic church should watch out for is divorce. If a priest divorces his wife, will the Catholic Church be responsible for it? Are they vulnerable to lawsuits stemming from divorce? Because that could become problematic.

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