BERLIN — Pope Francis says the church must study whether it’s possible to allow married men to perform priestly duties in remote communities facing priest shortages.
In an interview published Thursday with Germany’s Die Zeit, Francis stressed that removing the celibacy rule is not the answer to the Catholic Church’s priest shortage. But he expressed an openness to studying whether so-called “viri probati” — or married men of proven faith — could do some of the jobs of a fully ordained priest.
My question is why not allow married men and women to become fully ordained priests.