Pope Francis open to allowing married priests in Catholic Church

3.10.2017

The pontiff suggests easing the rules could address a shortage of priests in some areas.

CHR Comment: The article gives an example of a Brazilian diocese where there are 700,000 Catholics served by only 27 priests.

Source: Pope Francis open to allowing married priests in Catholic Church

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Lansing’s Cannabis “Church”

Fifty seekers – and one protester – gathered at First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason.

CHR Comment: This appears to be a publicity stunt rather than a genuine church. The organizer, Jeremy Hall, is described as an ordained minister but there is no indication of who ordained him or how he prepared for ordination.

Source: With a puff of smoke, Lansing’s Cannabis Church kicks off

Guyana Anglicans Allow Women to Be Ordained as Priests

An Anglican diocese that represents three small South American countries has broken with local tradition and is allowing women to be trained and ordained as priests.

CHR Comment: Anglicans ordain Bishops, priests, and deacons. Different Anglican provinces have different standards for whether women may be ordained into these offices. (The second link below is to a detailed Wikipedia page that charts the practices in various provinces.) The Washington Post article also mentions that the change in practice may be due to the presence and growth of Evangelicals in the three countries but it does not name who these Evangelicals are.

Source: Guyana Anglicans to allow women to be ordained as priests – The Washington Post

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordination_of_women_in_the_Anglican_Communion

Study of Ordaining Women Deacons

Pope Francis said he wants to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons, a step that could for the first time open the ranks of the Catholic Church’s all-male clergy to women.

CHR Comment: The word “deacon” literally means “servant,” and was variously used in the Scriptures and in church history. The article explains that currently ordained Roman Catholic deacons are allowed to preach at Mass but cannot consecrate the Sacrament. Whether women deacons would have the same office and service as the male deacons would be part of the study. In any case, “deacon” has meant many things over the centuries.

Source: Pope Francis: Let’s study possibility of ordaining women deacons

Orthodox Priest Ordained for Service in China

A sign of warming ties: Russian Orthodox Church ordains first Chinese priest in 60 years.

CHR Comment: The ordination took place at a seminary in St. Petersburg. The priest will serve in Hardin, China. The article describes the history of Orthodoxy in China, where follows are numbered in the thousands, including reference to  Albazinians. It also comments on Christianity in China more broadly. Enjoyed the video.

Source: Russia, China grow closer as tensions with USA increase