Pope Francis leaves an open door to talk about celibacy
Posted On 28 May 2014
Pope Francis leaves an “open door” in the reform of priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church, a perception that he informed to the press during his return from the Holy Land.
“The Catholic Church has married priests. Greek Catholics, Coptic Catholics … it is in the Eastern rite,” the Pope said when he was asked what he thinks about the priestly celibacy practice in the Western Church.
“Not being a dogma of faith, there is always an open door”, the Pope concluded.
These statements were given after a group of 26 women asked him in a recent letter for a review of the celibacy discipline, since they have lived or live in a relationship with a priest and would like to do it without hiding.