Pope Francis open to allowing married priests in Catholic Church


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

Edward Daly, Priest in Famed Bloody Sunday Image, Dies at 82

Former Roman Catholic Bishop Edward Daly, who tended victims of Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday killings and became a defining image of the massacre, has died aged 82.

CHR Comment: The article also notes that Daly stated in his memoir that Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to marry.

Source: Edward Daly, priest in famed Bloody Sunday image, dies at 82 – The Washington Post

Desmond Tutu’s Daughter Deposed from Priesthood

Ordained in Virginia, Mpho Tutu-Van Furth’s situation reflects the split over LBGT rights in the Anglican Communion.

CHR Comment: The circumstances of the wedding are especially odd given that Van Furth is apparently an atheist and lives in Holland rather than South Africa. One wonders whether the arrangement is more political than a lifelong bond, given that the issue of same-sex marriage is to be discussed by South African Anglicans in the next year. Mpho Tut-Van Furth cannot currently serve in South Africa but can in the United States, illustrating differences across the Anglican communion.

Source: Desmond Tutu’s daughter married a woman, and was forced out of the South African clergy – The Washington Post