Monday, January 8, 2024

Senior Vatican official says priestly celibacy should be optional Justin McLellan – Catholic News Service

January 08, 2024
Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta attends a news conference at the Vatican in this Oct. 8, 2018. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church should revise its celibacy requirement for Latin-rite priests, a senior official in the Vatican’s doctrinal office said.

“If it were up to me, I would revise the requirement that priest(s) have to be celibate,” said Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, adjunct secretary of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, in an interview with the Times of Malta released Jan. 7. “Experience has shown me this is something we need to seriously think about.”

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