'Allow priests to marry': Cardinal O'Brien

British Catholic Cardinal Keith O'Brien urges the lifting of the ban on priest marriages

'Allow priests to marry': Cardinal O'Brien

World Bulletin/News Desk

Britain's most senior Archbishop Cardinal Keith O'Brien has called for the lifting of the ban on priest marriages, arguing that the ban has no “divine origin.”

Speaking to the BBC as a short time remains before the selection of a new pope, Cardinal O’Brien expressed that the issue of Catholic priests marrying should be open to discussion.

The Scottish Cardinal conveyed that while the ban on priest marriage was viewed as very normal during his youth, some current and past Catholic churches have permitted priests to marry.

Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, 74-year-old O'Brien indicated that some issues are "basic dogmatic beliefs" of "divine origin" which the Church cannot discuss, such as abortion and euthanasia. He explained that however the ban on marriage of priests was not divinely ordained.

Cardinal O’Brien expressed that many priests have struggled with their vows of celibacy and have felt the need to marry a wife and raise a family. 

Last Mod: 23 Şubat 2013, 17:28
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