Sunday 21 January 2018

Brave bishops speak the truth

IT’S good to read that two Belgian Catholic bishops are willing to break ranks and call for an end to mandatory celibacy for priests (Irish Independent, September 21).

The Catholic Church needs its bishops and cardinals to throw away their fears of being disciplined by the Vatican, to call for a real debate on the shortage of priests and to allow women and married men to be ordained.

Men who have volunteered for the permanent deaconate in the Catholic Church should withdraw their candidacies, as they are being used as a defence against the introduction of married men and women priests.

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