BERLIN (AP) — A distinguished German archbishop advocated loosening celibacy rules for Catholic monks in feedback revealed Thursday earlier than a gathering of a German reform meeting.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the archbishop of Munich, advised the every day Sueddeutsche Zeitung that “it would be better for everyone to create the possibility of celibate and married priests.” His feedback come as his diocese has been shaken by an impartial report on the church’s dealing with of sexual abuse cases over many years, which faulted Marx and predecessors together with retired Pope Benedict XVI.
Marx, a distinguished reformist ally of Pope Francis, mentioned final week that the church wants deep reform to beat the “disaster” of sexual abuse.
“For some priests, it would be better if they were married — not just for sexual reasons, but because it would be better for their life and they wouldn’t be lonely,” he mentioned within the newspaper interview. “We must hold this discussion.”
He insisted that celibacy will not be scrapped altogether, however mentioned he sees a “question mark” over “whether it should be taken as a basic precondition for every priest.”
In 2019, Marx expressed assist for a name by bishops within the Amazon area for the ordination of married males as monks to deal with a clergy scarcity there, however stopped in need of calling for a world recognition of married monks.
On Thursday, the newest session of a German reform course of that was launched in response to the abuse disaster is because of open. The “Synodal Path,” which brings collectively Catholic church and lay representatives, has sparked fierce resistance contained in the church, primarily from conservatives against opening any debate on points comparable to priestly celibacy, ladies’s position within the church and homosexuality.