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Cardinal Schönborn again indicates readiness to question priestly celibacy

May 18, 2010

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has repeated his argument that the Church should re-examine the question of priestly celibacy. Responding to questions about a public statement by outgoing Bishop Paul Iby of Eisenstadt, who had called for an end to mandatory celibacy, Cardinal Schönborn said: "The concern that Bishop Iby expressed is shared by all of us."

While he did not endorse a change in current Church discipline, the cardinal said that he was "happy to be in a Church in which there is freedom of speech and opinion."

The Catholic Church in Austria has been under heavy pressure from dissident groups like We Are Church to end the celibacy requirement.


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - May. 27, 2010 2:04 PM ET USA

    Again, it appears we have bishops who are unclear about the problem of homosexuality in the priesthood. Is it possible that they still think that by allowing married priests, in general, this will eliminate child abuse among those few priests who have sinned in this manner? Or, do they think more men will feel the call to priesthood if they can be married priests? The identical problems in the Protestant ecclesial communities indicate otherwise. Women priests? Just look at the Anglicans!