Pope Francis: “The Door is Always Open” on Priestly Celibacy Debate

pope-plane-HEAD-smPope Francis is back in Rome after his trip to the Middle East this past week. He urged people around the world to join him in continued prayers for peace. Francis said he wanted his Holy Land pilgrimage to bring hope. He said he received much hope in return. Francis also made news on his way home. In a wide-ranging press conference aboard the papal plane, Francis announced he would soon meet with victims of clergy sexual abuse. He said he wanted a “zero-tolerance” policy on abuse and revealed that the Vatican is investigating several bishops on abuse-related charges. Francis also raised eyebrows with comments about celibacy for priests, saying “the door is always open” on that issue.

Watch our recent reports May 23 and May 30 on the papal pilgrimage to the Middle East.

  • Pastor Don Ludemann

    As a U.S. Lutheran, I say “Amen” to the “open door” regarding celibacy for priests. That non-biblical practice has done so much harm to priests, potential priests, congregants, and former congregants of Roman Catholic churches whom I know. As the Festival of Pentecost approaches, thank you Pope Francis for acknowledging that the Spirit blows where it will — through doors that are opened or closed!