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German Cardinal Walter Kasper said this week he believes that Pope Francis would be open to ordaining married men if a group of bishops were to request it in a special case.
It has been suggested that the issue of ordaining married men might be discussed during an upcoming Vatican meeting of Bishops on the Amazon region. In this context, Cardinal Kasper, a close adviser to Pope Francis, said that if the bishops ask for the ordination of married men, the pope will grant the request.
Bishops - Consent - Men - Viri - Probati
“If the bishops agreed by mutual consent to ordain married men — so-called viri probati — to the priesthood, in my estimation, the pope would in principle be prepared to do so,” the cardinal said in an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper this week.
This practice would not necessarily have to be decided at the global level, Kasper said, since the idea of viri probati is not a doctrine of faith.
Celibacy - Ministers - Intimate - Closeness - Dogma
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