Amazon priest shortage gives Catholics the willies – perhaps literally
This and the rise of Pentecostal churches in the region are sparking calls for an exception to the celibacy rule
An idea to fill empty pulpits in remote locations by allowing married men to become priests is bitterly dividing a Vatican assembly, with critics warning the emotive issue could fracture the Catholic Church.
The hot-button topic of whether an exception can be made to the centuries-old custom of celibacy in places where there is a shortage of priests has dominated the start of the three-week “synod” on the Pan-Amazonian region.
Austro-Brazilian bishop Erwin Krautler said on Wednesday he estimated about two-thirds of the bishops in the region support the idea of “viri probati (https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column/viri-probati-the-discussion-was-already-settled-4030)” (married “men of proven virtue”) as candidates for priesthood...