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End to celibacy could attract more men to priesthood: Cardinal Hollerich

February 22, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg has suggested that an end to the discipline of priestly celibacy could attract more men to the priesthood.

“There are people who find it difficult to live a celibate life,” the cardinal told the daily L’Essentiel. While he acknowledged that a change might draw only a few more vocations, he said: “In Europe, those ‘few’ could make a difference.”

Cardinal Hollerich—who has been chosen by Pope Francis to fill the key role of relator general at the Synod on Synodality—also told his interviewer that he is “absolutely in line with the Pope” on allowing blessings for same-sex couples.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 23, 2024 9:10 AM ET USA

    Hollerich was made cardinal in 2019. There is a reliable practical gage of what helps the rise of priestly and religious vocations, if that is indeed the actual concern: any bishop known to be authentically faithful and dedicated to Christ usually has an abundance of priestly vocations. And conversely, bishops known to be "liberal" have shortages of seminarians. Second Vatican Council - Optatiam Totius: (6)"God will not allow His Church to want for ministers if those who are worthy are promoted"