Pope Paul VI announced today (April 8, 1970) that the most urgent problem facing the Roman Catholic Church is the decline in the number of priests.
A gathering of those who voted in support of the resolution, with a spokesman explaining its significance.
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Background: Pope Paul VI announced today (April 8, 1970) that the most urgent problem facing the Roman Catholic Church is the decline in the number of priests. But he said the problem cannot be solved by relaxing the church's celibacy law. Meanwhile.....in Chicago, an organization of nearly 700 priests voted to support an optional celibacy resolution, rather than leave the priesthood in protest of the celibacy law.
The voting group is the Association of Chicago Priests. They voted to urge the Roman Catholic bishops in the United States to support the abolition of the mandatory celibacy law. A spokesman for the group said, "the new position will make it clear to bishops that priests, young and old, are in favour of taking another look at celibacy laws."
The ACP resolution, if adopted, would allow priests to marry if they so choose.
Seventy-five members of another Chicago organization of priests the Young Priests Caucus, also attended the ACP meeting and announced their support of the resolution.