Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

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Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Pope Francis leaves after a Mass for the closing of Amazon Synod in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. But there is resistance elsewhere for the proposal that would overturn centuries of tradition, with the conservative Roman Catholic establishment making sure its voice is heard as Pope Francis prepares his own document on the issue. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Catholics celebrate Mass during the traditional diocese pilgrimage at the Cathedral Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) in Erfurt, Germany. Catholics in Germany reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region, although there is resistance elsewhere. Such reforms have been pushed for decades by many German bishops and lay groups, hoping it can lead to the liberalization of centuries of Roman Catholic tradition. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Cardinal Reinhard Marx is pictured in Rome, Italy. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. Marx, the archbishop of Munich and chairman of the bishops’ conference, expressed support for the Amazon Synod’s proposal, but stopped short of calling for a global recognition of married priests. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, right, talks with Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich at the Vatican. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region, although there is resistance elsewhere. Marx, chairman of the bishops conference, expressed support for the Amazon Synod’s proposal, but stopped short of calling for a global recognition of married priests. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Pope Francis delivers his speech during a Mass for the closing of Amazon synod in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. But there is resistance elsewhere for the proposal that would overturn centuries of tradition, with the conservative Roman Catholic establishment making sure its voice is heard as Francis prepares his own document on the issue. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, a woman prays under a statue depicting Jesus and Mary, in the cathedral of Frankfurt, Germany. Catholics in Germany reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region, although there is resistance elsewhere. Such reforms have been pushed for decades by many German bishops and lay groups, hoping it can lead to the liberalization of centuries of Roman Catholic tradition. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Pope Francis leaves after a Mass for the closing of Amazon Synod in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. But there is resistance elsewhere for the proposal that would overturn centuries of tradition, with the conservative Roman Catholic establishment making sure its voice is heard as Pope Francis prepares his own document on the issue. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Catholics celebrate Mass during the traditional diocese pilgrimage at the Cathedral Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) in Erfurt, Germany. Catholics in Germany reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region, although there is resistance elsewhere. Such reforms have been pushed for decades by many German bishops and lay groups, hoping it can lead to the liberalization of centuries of Roman Catholic tradition. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Cardinal Reinhard Marx is pictured in Rome, Italy. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. Marx, the archbishop of Munich and chairman of the bishops’ conference, expressed support for the Amazon Synod’s proposal, but stopped short of calling for a global recognition of married priests. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, right, talks with Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich at the Vatican. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region, although there is resistance elsewhere. Marx, chairman of the bishops conference, expressed support for the Amazon Synod’s proposal, but stopped short of calling for a global recognition of married priests. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Pope Francis delivers his speech during a Mass for the closing of Amazon synod in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. But there is resistance elsewhere for the proposal that would overturn centuries of tradition, with the conservative Roman Catholic establishment making sure its voice is heard as Francis prepares his own document on the issue. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, a woman prays under a statue depicting Jesus and Mary, in the cathedral of Frankfurt, Germany. Catholics in Germany reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region, although there is resistance elsewhere. Such reforms have been pushed for decades by many German bishops and lay groups, hoping it can lead to the liberalization of centuries of Roman Catholic tradition. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
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