Pope rejects a proposal to allow married priests in the Amazon

Pope Francis has declined to approve proposals to allow married priests in the Amazon or women to be ordained as deacons. The decision is expected to disappoint the Pope's liberal supporters, particularly in the Americas and Europe.



What tends to be forgotten, is that priestly celibacy is more a concession than a command; the Apostle Paul says:

“But this I say by way of concession, not of command. Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that.”

I Corinthians 7:6-7

Peter was married, as were other apostles and leaders of churches. Those who are married do have the extra care of their families and spouses to consider, but it is not an impossible task. In 2008, I attended the ordination in the Diocese of San Bernardino of a married man with adult children; he’d been an Episcopal priest and the Bishop received dispensation from the Vatican to ordain him as a Catholic priest - his wife and children were present at the ordination.

What parishes could really use are far more deacons: married couple deacons, single men AND women deacons - the parish I attend has 6800 families, one priest, two parochial vicars, and three deacons - not enough. There are parishes without priests, but Pastoral Coordinators (some of whom are women) that do pretty much everything but say Mass; a priest comes in to do that. There should be a deacon for every 25 families in a parish, to minister and help take the burden of the shoulders of the priest.