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Brazilian bishop wants to ordain married community elders as priest shortage grows

By Benjamin Soloway

BELEM, Brazil – The largest Roman Catholic geographical district in Brazil, located deep in the Amazon along the Xingu River, has more than 800 Catholic congregations but only 27 priests.

Bishop Erwin Krautler, prelate of Xingu, has argued that the situation calls for drastic measures. In April, he took his case to the Vatican, where he met with Pope Francis. Recently, Krautler and Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a friend of Pope Francis, presented the idea of ordaining married community elders to Brazil’s National Conference of Bishops, which is now in the process of forming a commission to delve deeper into the matter.

Krautler said he counted himself among a group of bishops, mostly in the developing world, who see the ordination of such elders as a potential solution for the countless rural congregations that cannot receive the sacraments, including Communion, marriage, and baptism.

“The situation of Xingu is not an exceptional situation,” Krautler said. “All of the Amazon has the same problem of very few fathers for a large number of communities.”

Krautler said Pope Francis has encouraged open dialogue on the issue and urged bishops at the national level to come up with “courageous” proposals to address the priest shortage.

The Brazilian bishop is not the first to propose ordaining married men. Krautler said Fritz Lobinger — retired bishop of Aliwal, in South Africa — put forward the case for ordaining married men in underserved areas.

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inve_1
This one has the potential to be heard with a serious ear. There are currently practicing married, Roman Catholic priests.
UNWORTHY
This is the most dumbest idea ever... this apostate is getting weird by the minute.
thelastconvert
No surprise here - anyone that didn't see thing coming is blind. If the man who is our current Pope continues doing what he is doing we can expect more and more of these stupid ideas!
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Prof. Leonard Wessell
@On Guard: Why? Pope Francis is seeking"unity" where diversity does not count, called A. Traditionalists want "unity" where "diversity" does count, called B. So, we have a A >< B contradiction. Francis cannot make use of traditionalist B without endangering A. If I want to drive south, it is frustrated by driving north. Once one understands that Francis-ism excludes on principle tradtional-ism,…More
@On Guard: Why? Pope Francis is seeking"unity" where diversity does not count, called A. Traditionalists want "unity" where "diversity" does count, called B. So, we have a A >< B contradiction. Francis cannot make use of traditionalist B without endangering A. If I want to drive south, it is frustrated by driving north. Once one understands that Francis-ism excludes on principle tradtional-ism, then the "why" is answered with full intelligibility and full sorrow.
On Guard
Why doesn't the Pope accept the fact that there are many priests ,whom he rejects, that would change the entire picture for the better. Why is he so stubborn in accepting the TRADITIONAL priests to work in his vineyard. He can "cow-tow" to every other heretical species, as he has done of late, but he can not see the Catholic Priest who has remained faithful to the Teachings since the First …More
Why doesn't the Pope accept the fact that there are many priests ,whom he rejects, that would change the entire picture for the better. Why is he so stubborn in accepting the TRADITIONAL priests to work in his vineyard. He can "cow-tow" to every other heretical species, as he has done of late, but he can not see the Catholic Priest who has remained faithful to the Teachings since the First Pentecost Sunday!
Deo Gratias for Tradition!!!!!