Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

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Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

Pope Francis leaves after a Mass for the closing of Amazon Synod in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. But there is resistance elsewhere for the proposal that would overturn centuries of tradition, with the conservative Roman Catholic establishment making sure its voice is heard as Pope Francis prepares his own document on the issue.

Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

Pope Francis leaves after a Mass for the closing of Amazon Synod in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. But there is resistance elsewhere for the proposal that would overturn centuries of tradition, with the conservative Roman Catholic establishment making sure its voice is heard as Pope Francis prepares his own document on the issue.
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