Changing celibacy rule would not be quick fix for vocations

Pope Francis
Martin O'Brien
THE fact that Pope Francis - without making a formal statement on the matter - has not just refused to close the door on changing the compulsory celibacy rule for priests but appears to encourage discussion on the subject, means that debate around it, as with so many issues that legitimately concern the faithful, will intensify. It was interesting to see Archbishop Eamon Martin say in a Hot Press interview recently that he would have “no objection” if the Church at some point made it optional for priests to get married. Dr Martin was obviously availing of the freer atmospher[...]

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