Senior Vatican Official Makes Case for Married Priests

The Roman Catholic Church should “seriously think” about allowing priests to marry, a senior Vatican official and advisor to Pope Francis said in an interview published on Sunday.

“This is probably the first time I’m saying it publicly and it will sound heretical to some people,” Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, who is also adjunct secretary in the Vatican’s doctrinal office, told the Times of Malta.

ope Francis in 2019 ruled out any chance that he would change the Roman Catholic rule requiring priests to be celibate. But it is not a formal doctrine of the Church and so it could be changed by a future pope.

In an interview with a Latin American news outlet in 2023, Francis spoke about the celibacy rule again, saying that “it is not eternal, like priestly ordination”, but a “discipline” that could be revised.

A Vatican spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

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