Thursday, November 16, 2006

Vatican Reaffirms Celibacy for Priests

The Vatican on Thursday reaffirmed the value of celibacy for priests after a summit led by Pope Benedict XVI that was spurred by a married African archbishop who has been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
The statement did not cite any figures, but there are estimated to be at least 100,000 married priests worldwide, with about 25,000 of them in the United States.

Is it unwise to view those who left the priesthood to marry and who now wish to return with skepticism? After all, did they not rejected their vows or promises made before God previously?

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