- Jul 12, 2020
If I were Pope for a day, I’d commission one of the most reliable polling institutes in the world to conduct regular surveys of the global Catholic population on all the issues of importance in Catholic life.
As the debate on married priests ferments following the publication of a major papal document that was expected to address the issue, one married man who became a priest when his wife died has weighed in on the issue, saying he supports both celibacy, and viri probati.
In a Catholic world where debates over clerical celibacy have flared from Brazil to the Vatican, Joshua Whitfield is that rarest of things: A married Catholic priest.
The absence of a clear result on married priests in Querida Amazonia doesn’t necessarily mean the debate is over.
Though Pope Francis’s highly anticipated document on the Amazon bypasses the hot-button issues of women deacons and the married priesthood, a number of the pope’s close advisers have said the door is not definitively closed.