In an interesting turn of events for the Catholic Church, Cool Pope Francis has requested that priests be allowed to marry!
The same Pope that urged Christians to apologize to gay people is now turning a new leaf in Brazil and we couldn’t be happier about it.
Cardinal Claudio Hummes asked the Pope to consider men who are “viri probati,” or “married of great faith,” to serve as priests.
After a shortage of priests and clergy in Brazil, the Church views adding married men to the church as a way to rectify the situation for the future.
Not to mention there’s an estimated 120 married priests in the United States already (duh!).
The church has required priests to be celibate at least since the 4th Century. A change of this magnitude would likely start a larger conversation about who is eligible to join the priesthood, including, potentially openly gay men.
Just a year after the election of Donald Trump, it’s comforting to see that the Church is turning a positive corner for it’s members. Big props to Cool Pope Francis!!
This request would only apply to to Brazilian priests for the time being. Can’t wait to see where this goes down the road!
Via Media Punch & NewNowNext