- Mar 31, 2020
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.
Pope Francis’s highly anticipated document on the Amazon, released on Wednesday, bypasses two hot-button issues looming over its publication.