Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bishop of Bruges against celibacy and for women priests

Bisschop Brugge pleit voor niet-celibataire priesters -

"Jozef De Kesel, the new Bishop of Bruges, has placed celibacy and the status of women within the church under discussion. In addition, the church in him blind to the suffering of the abused victims.

According to De Kesel celibacy should no longer be required to be a priest. "One could say that there should be celibate priests, but people for whom celibacy is humanly impossible, the chance should be given to become a priest," he told Radio 1.

The bishop is also open to the possibility of women priests. "That is certainly negotiable and I hope for it, but it is still more sensitive than the issue of celibacy. I think the discussion about celibacy can proceed much faster than the debate on the admission of women to the priesthood."

Bad timing, Bishop! Given the catastrophes that have overtaken the Belgian church, you have little standing in the matter.
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