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Questions on celibacy delay relase of apostolic constitution for Anglicans

CWN - October 29, 2009

Questions about the handling of priestly celibacy have delayed the appearance of the apostolic constitution in which Pope Benedict XVI makes provision for Anglicans to enter the Catholic Church, according to reports in two different italian newspapers. The Pope's plan will allow married Anglican priests to enter the Catholic priesthood; the question that remains is whether married men will be allowed to enter seminaries for the Anglican "personal ordinariates" in the future.

The Italian newspapers report that Pope Benedict had hoped to release the apostolic constitution at the time of the press conference announcing his plan. But canon lawyers urged delay as they refined the document's handling of the celibacy issue.

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