Pope promises ‘solutions’ to priestly celibacy


VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised “solutions” to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift the interdiction on married priests.

Speaking to Italy’s La Repubblica daily, Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a “leprosy” in the Church and cited his aides as saying that “the level of pedophilia in the Church is at 2 percent.”

“That two percent includes priests and even bishops and cardinals,” he said.

When asked whether priests might one day be allowed to marry, Francis pointed out that celibacy was instituted “900 years after Our Lord’s death” and that clerics can marry in some Eastern Churches under Vatican tutelage.

“There definitely is a problem but it is not a major one. This needs time but there are solutions and I will find them,” Francis said, without giving further details.

The interview was the third in a series with the 90-year-old founder of the La Repubblica daily, Eugenio Scalfari, a famous journalist and known atheist.



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  1. Lahat ng aral na itinuturo ng Catholics ay unti-unting babaguhin ni francis, sa ikabubuti ng kanilang church,hindi dahil iyon ay turo na galing sa bible kung hindi,upang hindi tuluyan gumuho ang Catholic influence at tuluyan mawalan ng power!unti-unti tinataggap hindi man nila amin, na ang halos lahat ng aral nila ay totoong mali at imbento nila,at higit sa lahat laban sa aral ng bible na lagi nilang dala ngunit di nila sinusunod,billion tao ang patuloy na sumusunod sa kanila na hindi man lamang nagsasaliksik!ang sakit!! Sa mga tao sunudsunuran lamang!!

  2. Ruben V. Calip on

    Lumang istorya na ito. The Vatican has denied that the Pope said anything to hint that he would be changing the rules on priestly celibacy and said La Repubblica misquotd the Pope. What the Pope said is that Church people shuld change their “attitude.”

  3. A promise was made that Pope Francis will find a solution to Priest celibacy. If the Priest is granted the choice to get married, will this end Pedophilia? I think not, because Pedophilia is a mental condition that needs psychiatric treatment. But we will see how Pope Francis resolves this 2% problems of the Catholic Church, as related to celibacy.