- Apr 7, 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.
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.
Despite the fact that an estimated 5 percent of the Australian population is of aboriginal descent, in the two centuries the Catholic Church has been present on the continent, there have been few indigenous vocations to the priesthood. According to Sydney’s archbishop, this presents some similarities with the realities of the Amazon region.
Catholics who work in the Amazon say members of small, isolated villages believe the church could be more present in their lives if it allowed the ordination of married men — a plan being considered on a limited basis for the Amazon region.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney spoke to Crux about the CDF, synods, and the ongoing bush fires in Australia.
New comments by retired Pope Benedict XVI backing clerical celibacy while Pope Francis considers making an exception to the rule in the Amazon has prompted widespread debate, with many calling for clarification on the role of a pope emeritus.