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  • Pope Francis open to married men becoming priests

    This is a really big deal IMO. It makes all kinds of sense to me but is so against established Catholic dogma. Just wow.

    So, what are the odds of it being done?

    And will women priests be next?

    Originally posted by CNN email
    Pope Francis has said he is open to married men becoming priests to combat the Roman Catholic Church's shortage of clergy.

    In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, Pope Francis said the lack of Catholic priests was an "enormous problem" for the Church, and indicated he would be open to a change in the rules governing eligibility for the priesthood.

    "We need to consider if 'viri probati' could be a possibility," he said. "If so, we would need to determine what duties they could undertake, for example, in remote communities."

    Viri probati is the Latin term for "tested men" or married men of outstanding faith and virtue.

    The option would allow men who are already married to be ordained as priests. But single men who are already priests would not be allowed to marry, according to the Pope.

  • #2
    Married Men have always been able to become priests.

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    • #3
      Catholic's view on marriage/sex hasn't been consistent with the Bible in centuries.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Who View Post
        Married Men have always been able to become priests.
        Yup. But priests cannot become married men. For the fist 1000 years of Catholicism, it was kosher. Then the money disease set in.

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        • #5
          About time.

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          • #6
            Man speaking to authority on what he perceives as God's laws about what man does has always been nonsense. Even when its a semi-reasonable Pope.

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            • #7
              I'm still hopeful one day soon we'll find out why the nazi pope resigned. Someone had something juicy on that fucker.

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              • #8
                Nice...

                meanwhile, John Oliver interviews the Dalai Lama. Irreverent, of course, but that Lama seemed to enjoy it.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57mCWoFCmNY&sns=em

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                • #9
                  Would you show reverence?

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                  • #10
                    Must be some sort of a trap.

                    Yeah, I'd probably give him a real gift, instead of some prop used to make fun of the recipient, and make me look clever in the eyes of my sycophants.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AnalHamster View Post
                      I'm still hopeful one day soon we'll find out why the nazi pope resigned. Someone had something juicy on that fucker.
                      Speculation there was involvement with financial irregularities. The secrecy of the Vatican bank appears to make it vulnerable to illegalities.

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                      • #12
                        What about the men married to women?

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