Pope Paul attended the 13th session of the world synod of Bishops in the Vatican on Tuesday (October) -- the day after demands for the Roman Catholic Church to allow married men to become priests.
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Background: Pope Paul attended the 13th session of the world synod of Bishops in the Vatican on Tuesday (October) -- the day after demands for the Roman Catholic Church to allow married men to become priests.
Cardinal Suenens of Belgium, a strong advocate of reform, has criticised the Pope on the long delay in open discussion of these subjects. He described the Church's refusal so far to slacken the celibacy rule as "inconceivable and scandalous."
SYNOPSIS: The current World Synod of Bishops went into its thirteenth session in the Vatican on Tuesday, the day after a strong statement on the subject of celibacy by the Belgian Cardinal, Josef Suenens. Two hundred and eleven prelates have come for the Synod, some strongly in favour of taking married men as priests, as allowing women to become priests, or allowing them to take part in other forms of ministry. Cardinal Suenens, long an outspoken supporter of an end to the rule of celibacy, criticised the Pope for delaying open debate of the subject for so long. He described the Church's policy so far as "inconceivable and scandalous."
But the majority of Bishops who have spoken so far on celibacy have declared against any change.
Pope Paul took his place in the hall. The day before Cardinal Suenens had remarked that Saint Peter, from whom the Popes claim succession, was a married man.