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Papa Ratzi reaffirms priest celibacy rule


Pope graphic by Mike Tidmus

The Prada Pope had to put yet another fire out today. First, it was the homos, who he had to set straight (so to speak), letting them know that they were welcome in the church, but they cannot take communion and are disordered. Win some, lose some.

This time around, he’s having to slap down an excommunicated bishop who called for a review of the celibacy rules for priests.

A Vatican summit led by Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed mandatory celibacy for priests Thursday, rebuffing a high-profile crusade by a married African archbishop who has been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.

In a statement after the three-hour meeting, the Vatican said: “The value of the choice of priestly celibacy, according to Catholic tradition, has been reaffirmed.”

In announcing the summit earlier this week, the Vatican said it would examine “the situation created by the disobedience of Monsignor Emmanuel Milingo.”

Milingo, of Zambia, incurred automatic excommunication in September when he ordained four married American men as bishops in defiance of the Vatican. He already had drawn the Vatican’s ire in 2001, when he took a South Korean woman as his wife in a group wedding ceremony of the Unification Church of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

The mini uprising sounds like it will continue, challenging Ratzi’s edict. One of the married priests says that the charismatic Milingo, who still has the ability to ordain bishops and priests, may continue, causing a schism in the church.

BTW, according to the article, there are an estimated 100,000 married priests worldwide — 25,000 of them in the U.S.

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