Pope Francis is ruling out a relaxing of the rules of celibacy for priests, according to a media report.
Rome (kath.net/KNA) Pope Francis is said to have ruled out a move away from celibacy for priests, according to a media report. The Italian newspaper "Il Messaggero" quoted him on Wednesday as saying:
"Priestly celibacy is to remain as it is." He addressed a meeting with the Italian Episcopal Conference on the question of a bishop, whether the obligation for
celibacy will change in the future for a priest, the newspaper reported in its online edition. The encounter with the Italian Episcopal Conference took place on Monday. After the Pope's opening speech, the bishops had the opportunity to ask questions of Francis behind closed doors.