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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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