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Proposed synod on married priests ‘was voted down by Pope’s advisors’

The synod will instead focus on ‘Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment’

The topic of the next synod has been announced as “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment", according to a Vatican statement released today.

But according to one respected Vatican journalist, the synod – a meeting of bishops which will take place in 2014 – was nearly dedicated to a different theme: priestly celibacy.

Edward Pentin, Vatican correspondent of the National Catholic Register,reported that Pope Francis was “known to be keen" for the next synod to examine “priestly celibacy and a possible push to allow married priests".

However, Pentin wrote, “That proposal was understood to have been voted down by the majority of members on the XIV Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops."

The XIV Ordinary Council is a group of bishops which works with the Pope on choosing the theme of the synod. It includes Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, Cardinal George Pell, head of Vatican finance reform, and several other well-known prelates.

In choosing the theme, Pope Francis also consulted bishops’ conferences, the Eastern Catholic Churches, and the heads of women’s religious orders.

There had been speculation that the synod would address priestly celibacy. Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo and a friend of Pope Francis, is known to be interested in reforming the requirement for priests to be celibate, and recently had an audience with the Pope.

The Vatican statement said the choice of synod theme is expressive of “pastoral concern of the Church for the young", and was “continuous" with the previous Synod on the Family and the Pope’s subsequent document Amoris Laetitia.

The next synod’s goal, said the Vatican, was “to accompany young people on their way of life towards maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they can discover their life project and realise it with joy, opening the encounter with God and with men, and actively participating in building up the Church and society."



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Because you sure don’t want to take any steps out of the Iron Age towards addressing the Church’s manic obsession with all things pertaining to sex.
    I’m reading some early Christian texts, gospels, epistles, apocalypses and starting to see how this manic obsession evolved. Thank you Tertullian. How about that Thekla – some nerve baptising herself, hey? Uppity women!

    Did you know that there were some early Christian groups (later charged with heresy and eliminated by the proto-orthodox group that came out on top) who gave women equal footing in Christianity? The proto-orthodox group that became the RCC couldn’t let this happen, and the founder of Christianity, Paul clearly put women into positions of influence and power in the church and did NOT prohibit them from talking. They had to address this, so they forged the Tim epistles, written long after Paul was dead, and stuck it to women, and then redacted some of Paul’s writings, inserting passages about women keeping their mouths shut, out of context and in the middle of a discussion about something else. If you delete this passage from Corinthians, the text flows smoothly and uninterrupted with the same subject. Most scholars are convinced this was inserted later…
    “As in all the churches of the saints, 34 women should be silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as the law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.[d] 36 Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only ones it has reached?”
    Interestingly you can read the passages that directly precede this and see that Paul is talking about speaking in church to both “brothers and sisters.” The passage is quite clearly a redaction – a late addition – a lie. Read the chapter without that passage and see how nicely it flows. Catholic women – you have been duped.
    This is just one of countless examples of how the RCC forged itself into an organization of unnatural, disordered, celibate virgins dressed in robes with a manic obsession over all things concerned with sex. The good part is that they’ve voluntarily removed themselves from the gene pool and for this we should be thankful.

  2. Mary Reply

    I was told by a Deacon that we already have about 200 ordained married Catholic Priests… ?

    I had no idea …

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