Friday, February 22, 2013

Cardinal Keith O'Brien: Arguing that the New Pope should let Priests Marry and have Children

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic has stunned the church by arguing that the new Pope should allow priests to marry and have children.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien said it was clear many priests struggled to cope with celibacy, and should be able to have families if they wish.

The cardinal, who will part of the conclave that will choose the next Pope, said that some basic beliefs like opposition to abortion and euthanasia were of “divine origin” and could never be accepted.

However, he argued that the new Pope could consider whether the Roman Catholic Church should change its stance on other issues.

"For example the celibacy of the clergy, whether priests should marry – Jesus didn't say that,” he told BBC Scotland.


- By Simon Johnson, The Telegraph