Pope Francis New Book About Catholic Church’s Celibacy Requirement “Change”?

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Pope Francis New Book About Catholic Church’s Celibacy Requirement “Change”?

In the Pope’s new book, he tackles the issue of the Catholic Church’s celibacy requirement changing. He says, “Priestly celibacy is a “matter of discipline, not faith. It can change.”

The New appointed Pope Francis says he was once “dazzled” by a young woman he met as a seminarian while attending a uncle’s wedding and even considered abandoning his vocation, adding that it would be “abnormal” for such things not to happen to priests. And he seemed to hold open the possibility that church law on priestly celibacy could be changed, reports the Religion News Service.

“I was surprised by her beauty, her intellectual brilliance…and, well, I was bowled over for quite a while. I kept thinking and thinking about her. When I returned to the seminary after the wedding, I could not pray for over a week because when I tried to do so, the girl appeared in my head. I had to rethink what I was doing.”

The book mentions more about celibacy and sex abuse:
“You cannot be in a position of power and destroy the life of another person,” Bergoglio told Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary. Their conversation was held in 2012 while Bergoglio was archbishop of Buenos Aires.
He told Skorka that when a bishop once asked him what he should do with priests suspected to molesting children:
“I told him to take away the priests’ licenses, not to allow them to exercise the priesthood any more, and to begin a canonical trial in that diocese’s court.”
“I think that’s the attitude to have. I do not believe in taking positions that uphold a certain corporative spirit in order to avoid damaging the image of the institution.”
The Religion News Services provides more from this upcoming book about how the pope says certain circumstances should be played out:
The future pope said that if a seminarian – or a priest – falls in love or has a child with a woman, he counsels them to leave and support his family, to “go in peace to be a good Christian and not a bad priest.”
Bergoglio also said that if a priest got a woman pregnant, he advises the man to leave the priesthood so he can take care of the mother and child, even if the couple do not marry. “For just as that child has the right to have a mother, he has a right to the face of a father,” he said. He added that if it is a one-time affair with no children, then he tries to help the priest do penance and “get on track again.”
Bergoglio also spoke highly of Eastern-rite Catholic churches with married priests.
Still, the future pope said, “For now, the discipline of celibacy stands firm.”
AT2W’s Take:
This is so interesting. Now that the biggest scandal in all church history has come to a head, Pope Francis is considering ‘change’ for the celibate priests. Though he says it ‘stands firm’ for now is a problem and very unorthodox. It will confuse and cause real issues with followers. It also makes of some kind of deterrent to the fact that the biggest issue in the Catholic Church is sexual abuse amongst priests. We personally think they should have never had a vow of celibacy. Though it is commendable to our God, it is debatable that any human, man or woman can actually devote themselves physically to celibacy for life. If the denomination had not enforced this rule, there may have not been so much secrecy and sexual abuse going on.
SOURCE: David Gibson
Religion News Service