- May 27, 2020
In his new book, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is agreeing with Pope Francis’s own stated position that “optional celibacy” for the priesthood is not on the table.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the “necessity” of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained to address the Catholic priest shortage.
After more than a year of media headlines dominated by Catholic sexual abuse scandals, NBC News has conducted a new survey with insiders in the Catholic Church showing most believe the crisis has been handled well by their dioceses, and that abuse is no more common in the Church than in other organizations.
Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. Such reforms have been pushed for decades by many German bishops and lay groups who hope it can lead to the liberalization of centuries of Catholic tradition.
Capping off the Synod, Pope Francis directed the attention of the global Church to the poor of the Amazon.
Pope Francis has a lot to consider about the conclusions from the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.