Blithe Spirit

He’s given a go-ahead in some priest-short areas and has lifted the ban on ordination of the married among Eastern Riters.

There’s been a lot of speculation the past several months that Pope Francis is willing to expand possibilities for ordaining married men to the Catholic priesthood. Austrian-born Bishop Erwin Kräutler, head of a diocese in the Brazilian rainforest, said last April that Francis told him he’d be open to married priests for particular regions or nations if there were consensus among the bishops of the area. [italics added]

Bishops’ consensus, good.

A small stream of married clergymen from other Christian churches have been allowed to be ordained Catholic priests over the past few decades, especially with the establishment of the Anglican Ordinariate.

The nearest such Anglican-Roman Catholic parish, or community, is in Indianapolis, by the way:

St. Joseph of Arimathea [St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Use Society]

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