Pope Francis’ New No. 2: Clerical Celibacy

Pope Francis’ New No. 2: Clerical Celibacy is Open to Discussion

Posted by on September 13, 2013                                       /   Comments Off

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By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News – September 13, 2013


Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the new Secretary of State of the Vatican, opens up about potential modifications to the strict traditions of priestly celibacy.

Pope Francis addressed the matter last year, prior to becoming pope, saying he was in favor of maintaining the tradition “for the moment.” NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports from London.

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The Vatican’s new secretary of state has said that priestly celibacy is not church dogma and therefore open to discussion, marking a significant change in approach towards one of the thorniest issues facing the Roman Catholic Church.

“Celibacy is not an institution but look, it is also true that you can discuss (it) because as you say this is not a dogma, a dogma of the church,” Archbishop Pietro Parolin said in response to a question during an interview with Venezuelan newspaper El Universal.

He added that while it was not dogma, clerical celibacy was a deeply entrenched Catholic tradition.