- Pope Francis has rejected the proposal to make married men become priests in the Amazon
- The rejection was contained in a 32-page document released on Wednesday, February 12
- Instead of carrying out major reforms in the Americas, the document focused on culture and the environment
Pope Francis has finally rejected the proposal to allow married men to become priests in the Amazon. The Pope made his decision known in a 32-page document released on Wednesday, February 12.
The Pope also talked about issues concerning the culture and environment as he used poetry to flesh out his messages, CNN reports.
With the latest development, the rejection will dampen the hope of the church’s liberals who are particularly in the Americas and Europe.
Massimo Faggioli, a church historian at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, said that people have realigned their expectations as the Pope may never do anything about major reforms.
According to the American bishops who were in a meeting with the Pope during the week, he is the one who opposed the idea.
The released document, therefore, did not really deal with the major reforms in the Amazons but filled with flowery language about the Pope’s dream for the Amazon.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the Vatican on Friday, February 7, said that Pope Francis would on Wednesday, February 12, release a special document in response to the call to allow married men into the priesthood.
Independent reports that the proposal is, however, only limited to the Amazon region. The call was made in October 2019 by a group of bishops as a way to combat the shortage of priests in the region.
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The call has angered many people who are traditional in their beliefs as they fear that it may punch a hole in the church’s celibacy rule for priests.
In other news, a woman, Farheen, in Pakistan in a very creative and thoughtful way, escaped the conformity of the patriarchal system as she became independent.
Coming from a family without a male member, she dresses up as a man so that she could run a store and make ends meet for herself and her 9-year-old daughter.
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