by Stoyin Zaimov, The Christian Post
Pope Francis has suggested that he is open to the possibility of married men becoming Roman Catholic priests in cases where communities face a shortage of clergy and are being displaced by other faiths.
A prominent Catholic theologian has meanwhile resigned as consultant to the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine after accusing the pontiff in a letter of sowing “chronic confusion” with the “intentionally ambiguous” manner of his teachings, which he warned could lead to sins against the Holy Spirit.
The Telegraph reported on Thursday that Francis has requested discussion on whether married men in the Amazon region in Brazil could be allowed to become priests, which would go against long-held tradition.
Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the president of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon, reportedly made a request to the pope to consider the proposal, given that both evangelical Christians and pagan sects are displacing Catholicism in the region.
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