Celibacy in Brazil

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A national assembly of Brazilian priests has reportedly written a letter to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy calling for removal of the celibacy requirement for priests. (An unnamed Brazilian bishop is quoted saying that there are already lots of married priests in his country, and that the Vatican is pretending it doesn’t know.) The […]

  • Asinus Gravis

    It is unfortunate that Jesus didn’t spell out the rules to regulate the leaders of the church that he did not start.

    It is also unfortunate that the organizers of the early ecclesia of Jesus’ followers didn’t clearly formulate the rules that enabled the prominent women leaders to offer guidance to the early church.

    It is even more unfortunate that the jealous old patriarchs pushed the outstanding women leaders out of their way, and then wrote the rules that solidified their self-serving control–all in the name of “God” or some such.

    The stuff about a celibate priesthood came along as a protection against overly influencial families taking over the churches. It is just more petty politics.