Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope’s hand
(RNS) — “We can’t effectively prevent the sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults by clergy while habitual and widespread failures in celibacy are quietly tolerated,” said a Catholic seminary official.
Priests, celibacy and sex
(RNS) — Sex between a Catholic priest and adult can be more than simply a violation of celibacy. It can also be a violation of professional ethics. The church needs to learn from the “#MeToo” movement about the danger of sex between adults who are not equal in power.
The Rev. Tom Reese: Catholics will loosen up on clerical celibacy
(RNS) We asked senior analyst Father Tom Reese to consider what 2018 will mean for religion.
Abandoning celibacy won’t stop sexual abuse by priests
(RNS) — We know for a fact that noncelibate men, including married men, also abuse children.
Some African Catholics call on pope to let priests marry
KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) In a society that places a high value on marriage and childbearing, some in Africa hope to present Pope Francis with a petition this week asking that priests be allowed to wed.
Pope Francis and the double-edged sword of religious tradition
Pope Francis exudes a fresh take on a very old Catholic tradition. But here’s why tradition is a double-edged sword.
Celibate gay Christian leader urges faithful to ‘normalize’ committed friendships
In 2010, Wesley Hill helped fan the flames of a growing movement of celibate gay Christians. Now he’s taking his arguments a step further.
Australians suggest celibacy played a role in clergy abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Obedience and closed environments also seem to have had a role in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders and dioceses,” the report said. “Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse.”
Brazilian bishop urges ordination of married community elders as priest shortage grows
BELEM, Brazil (RNS) Brazil’s National Conference of Bishops is considering a proposal to ordain married community elders as a way to ease the shortage of Catholic priests in rural areas.
5 reasons why we want to believe Jesus was married
(RNS) A new claim that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married (and had kids!) has been widely dismissed by experts. But that won’t be the last we’ll hear of this theory. Here’s why.
Priests’ mistresses and wives remind the Vatican: Don’t forget about us
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has made a habit of personally answering letters sent to him from around the world — but not from a group of two dozen Italian women who say they are married to or involved with Catholic priests.
Gay, Christian and … celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate
(RNS) With “ex-gay” ministries falling out of favor — even by their biggest proponents — many Christians are encouraging gays and lesbians to adopt a life of celibacy instead, without ever trying to change their sexual orientation.
Pope Francis raises eyebrows by saying pedophile priests include ‘bishops and cardinals’
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Many of my advisers who are fighting it with me are giving me reliable data that estimates pedophilia inside the church at a level of 2 percent,” Pope Francis was quoted as saying.
Italian women seek freedom to marry the priests they love
ROME (RNS) Even when their love is reciprocated by a man of the cloth, the women known as “God’s rivals” are frequently rejected by family and friends. They’re sidelined in their careers and forced to hide emotional and sexual expression.