Oct 27, 2019

Catholic bishops back limited relaxation of celibacy rule

AFP Roman Catholic bishops have voted to allow married men to become priests in the Amazon region, exempting them from the centuries-old rule on celibacy. The Catholic Church is the oldest institution in the Western world, tracing its history back almost 2,000 years, and counts more than a billion members. "Legitimate diversity does not harm the communion and unity of the Church, but expresses and serves it," the synod's final document says, as quoted by the Catholic News Agency. The bishops recognised that in the Amazon "The majority of Catholic communities are led by women". They looked at the issue of ordaining women as deacons, who are a rank below priests in the Catholic Church, being allowed to celebrate weddings and baptisms but not to say Mass. While they did not endorse the idea, the bishops decided to consult with a papal commission on the subject.

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