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# Celibacy

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Pope Francis says he may consider allowing married men to become priests
Many in the Roman Catholic Church believe a new path to ordination should be opened.
Half of Japanese people aren't having sex... and that's a problem
Half of women told a recent survey they were not having sex.
Pope promises "solutions" to celibacy in the priesthood
Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a “leprosy” in the Church.
Catholic Church was within its rights to sack married priest says European Court
In the court’s view, it was not unreasonable for the Church to expect particular loyalty of religious education teachers.
Top readers' comments of the week
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Poll: Should the Catholic Church remove clerical celibacy requirement?
A Vatican official has said it could be discussed.
Pope's deputy says celibacy is 'not a dogma of the Church'
The recently appointed Vatican Secretary of State said that the issue is a great challenge for the Pope.
The Catholic Church shouldn't fear structural renewal – Pope Francis
Pope Francis has called for structural renewal in the Catholic church to keep up with the times – but also advised priests and nuns to shun costly trappings so they can use more resources to help the poor.
Poll: Should priests be allowed to renounce vow of celibacy?
The former Bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly, says that priests should be allowed to marry and mandatory celibacy done away with. Do you agree?
Former Bishop of Derry calls for end to clerical celibacy
One of the Catholic Church’s most prominent clergymen has made a direct call for mandatory celibacy within the priesthood to be scrapped.