Archbishop of Germany supports loosening the rules of Catholic celibacy

Berlin (AP) — A prominent German archbishop, in a comment released Thursday before the meeting of the German Reform Parliament, advocated loosening the rules of bachelorhood for Catholic priests.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich, told the Daily South German Newspaper that “creating the possibility of a single married priest is good for everyone.”His comments come when his parish was shaken by an independent report on the handling of the church. Sexual abuse cases For decades, he blamed Marx and his predecessors, including the retired Pope Benedict XVI.

Marx, a prominent reformist ally of Pope Francis, said last week that the church needed it. Deep reform To overcome the “disaster” of sexual abuse.

“For some monks, it’s better to get married because it’s not lonely not only for sexual reasons but also for life,” he said in a newspaper interview. “We have to make this discussion.”

He claimed that the bachelor would not be completely abandoned, but said he was looking at a “question mark” about “whether it should be taken as a basic precondition for all priests.”

In 2019, Marx expressed support for bishops in the Amazon region to seek the ordination of married men as priests to address the priesthood shortage, but seek global approval of married priests. I couldn’t.

The latest session of the German reform process, which began in response to the crisis of abuse, will be held on Thursday. The “Synodal Path,” which brings together representatives of the Catholic Church and congregations, has created fierce resistance within the church, primarily from conservatives who oppose holding discussions on issues such as single priests, the role of women in the church, and homosexuality. I did.