#ShortNews: Pope Francis would rather give his life ‘than change the law on celibacy,’

Pope Francis on Monday (Jan 13) repeated his support for celibacy after his predecessor pope Benedict XVI urged him not to open the Catholic priesthood up to married men, in a plea that stunned Vatican experts.

“Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don’t think optional celibacy should be allowed. No.” Pope said.

Francis is currently considering allowing it in remote locations, such as the Amazon, where communities seldom have Mass due to a lack of priests, and is expected to publish his decision in the coming weeks.

Benedict, who was the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years, at first withdrew to a life of quiet contemplation in the Vatican, but has increasingly begun to speak out on key Catholic issues.

Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/pope-francis-repeats-support-for-celibacy-after-benedict-outburst-12259508

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