The Vatican is considering the possibility of consecrating married male priests. The recommendation is included in a document published on Monday. If approved, this will be a historical change that seeks to address the shortage of priests in remote areas of the Amazon region.
The suggestion is included in a document preparing the episcopal synod scheduled for October.
The text states that "celibacy is a gift to the Church," but argues that it is necessary to study "the possibility of consecrating as priests elderly people, preferably indigenous" who are "respected and recognized by their community." And "even if they already have a stable family." The document goes on to say that the purpose of this idea is "to secure the Sacraments that accompany and sustain Christian life."
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