Malawi Catholic church says Pope Francis stance to married priests is just viewpoint

Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), the supreme council of the influential Catholic Church has said Pope Francis was giving his personal opinion when he said the church should consider ordaining married men – under very specific circumstances – to address the shortage of Catholic priests.

Reverend Fr. Saindi: The celibacy rule is a church discipline, but its roots are found in the Gospel when Jesus speaks to his disciples about the possibility of remaining celibate for the kingdom of God.

Pope Francis considers to ordained married priests

Father Henry Saindi General Secretary for Episcopal Secretary of Malawi said the church is waiting for an official communication on the matter from Vatican.

“In the absence of an official communication, we take this as an opinion of the Holy See,” said Saindi.

Pope Francis hinted that there was need to ordain married priests to combat the growing scarcity of priests in the world’s biggest church.

He however said the unmarried priests will not be allowed to marry.

Saindi said the Catholic church can only start ordaining married men if there is official communication from the church.

This comes at a time when the church is coming under increased pressure to ordain women in priesthood. Jesus Christ, Catholics believe was the son of God died unmarried so too Paul, believed to be the father of the Catholic Church.

The church, and notably the current pope’s predecessor Benedict XVI, had previously said that celibacy was not a matter of inflexible church dogma unlike, for example, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Despite his remarks on the limited possibility of allowing married men to enter the Church, the Pope ruled out dropping celibacy as a requirement for the priesthood.

He said that voluntary celibacy – giving young priests an option – was “not a solution” to the question.

Campaigners for reform of ordination have, in the past, suggested that married men could supplement the clergy in carrying out priestly duties.

Roman Catholic priests are required to abide by the rule of celibacy upon ordination with very rare exceptions – such as married Anglican ministers who convert.

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11 thoughts on “Malawi Catholic church says Pope Francis stance to married priests is just viewpoint”

  1. IF ASKED I WOULD GO FOR MARRIED PRIEST

  2. Giling'ande says:

    I am watching closely

  3. Chiiaomo says:

    Let the priests comment on this one first b4 we the Xians do. We have wives beside us & still want to make decisions for others?
    There r alot of married men & women who can do God’s work in a satisfactory ma
    nner. The Pope knows the challenges his church is facing. Let us wait & c what God has in store for us.

  4. Nyamakumutu says:

    When did the voice of the Holy father become personal opinion. I thought it is infallible

  5. zuzo dekha says:

    here in malawi we got vocations to priesthood, therefore yeah younger priests, in europe many are very old and not many vocations kwa azathuko. i guesmost are in retirement home. now this suggestion may fit well in those areas khayatu., ihear they ordain deacons . we are still lucky to have youngier priests. ayambile konko kaye bwa

  6. The Analyst says:

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    So, you are waiting for an official communication from the Vatican? Ha!
    . . . Why were married men not ordained as priests, hitherto?
    . . . Can you swear upon your honour that you had no religious/godly justification for the same?
    . . . If there was, does the justification no longer holds now, just because priests are scarce? Ha! Laughable!
    Truth is, any religious practice, if true, cant just be changed anyhow, unless it was a lie in the first place.
    . . . Nanga, how is it possible that the Pope can just wake up and change traditions, willy-nilly?
    . . . If for instance, the pope introduces an 11th commandment to the 10 or take out 1, shall you not adopt it without question, as long as you receive an official communication from the Vatican?
    . . . If the Pope gives an indication or declares that homosexuality is no sin, shall you not accept it, as long as its from the Vatican/the Holy Sea or whatever?
    . . . Is it hard to see that the Pope is being looked at as some divine entity, yet (minus his title) he’s just as ordinary as any other person?
    . . . Now, if the whole church is founded on somebody’s or a some Council’s opinion, is it hard to see that it runs the risk of operating on lies? since people’s opinions are more often than not, lies?
    ……………………………………………………
    You see . . .
    . . . Any sane individual knows that religion (partaking in traditions) cant inherit anybody paradise unless combined with godliness.
    . . . Yes, “Belief is often the death of reason.” – Qyburn; but let us so try to see to it that our religion does not interfere with our godliness.
    . . . Otherwise, it will be very sad if we jealously hold on to a bag for years and open it and realise that in there is nothing, notwithstanding our religiosity.
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  7. Emmanuel Nedi says:

    Ndipo Eklezia sangathe kulakwa! Our Pope and our Church. WE LOVE YOU.

  8. MKATOLIKA says:

    mutiwonongera mpingo. nyasi izi ayi where are you POPE JOHN 2

  9. Benedict the 13th says:

    Time to become a priest is a whisker of a cat away. I think the Pope is being real in this case. Even Paul the Apostle said ‘only if you can, you can forgo marriage to serve the Lord’. With so many stories of child molestation, pregnancies and other sexual immoral stories involving catholic priests the only remedy is to allow men of God to have a wife while serving the priesthood. It make no sense to take a vow and break it. After all this vow does not even qualify someone to go to heaven. Only when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and do the will of God, qualifies one to attain everlasting life. So, I second the Pope.

  10. M'Katolika Wa Phata says:

    The possibility of viri probati is a welcome development to upgrade some catechists of proven faith given that prior to the Second Vatican Council, the chief catechists at the parish level were priests, religious brothers or nuns. Now as Catechist are part of the ordinary laity but doing the work of priest in the priest’s absence, the parish catechist takes on the role of being the main teacher of the faith in that parish.

  11. AMECEA dancer says:

    If this is the case then let us pray very hard for the church. I believe in the strongest terms as a staunch Catholic that Popes don’t make mistakes because they make decisions after very careful analysis and guidance from the Holy Spirit. Likewise, Bishops when they make decisions affecting their dioceses and when Parish Priests do the same for their parishes. these are Men of God. But our Holy Mother Mary during one of her apparitions in a vision to a certain Catholic priest in Germany some time back had said that the devil is at war with the church of Jesus Christ. she said the devil will concentrate on destroying families of the faithful in order to weaken the church. Most of all the Holy Mother said a Catholic woman is being used by the devil to destroy the church by luring our priests into breaking the celibacy decree. My strong message to our beloved Catholic Priests, follow the Popes advice that you should continue being like Jesus and Paul, we love you all.

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