Pope Francis on Priestly Celibacy
Pope Francis’ remarks during the in-flight presser after World Youth Day on the way to Rome from Panama, regarding the discipline of clerical celibacy in the Latin American Church have received a good deal of attention over the past few days. Analysis, commentary, and several explanatory news pieces have appeared, many of which have heard the pope saying more or less what the authors want or expect him to say about the subject.
His answer to the question had a little bit for everybody, but there was a discernible logic to what he said. His answer is worth a patient unpacking.
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