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Vatican Ready to Discuss Celibacy Mandates for Priests

According to Vatican's new secretary of state


The Vatican is ready to open a discussion about whether its priests should be required to remain celibate, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state said in an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper.

"Celibacy is not an institution but look, it is also true that you can discuss [it] because as you say this is not a dogma, a dogma of the church," Archbishop Pietro Parolin said during an interview with El Universal.

At the same time, he acknowledged that the ancient policy mandating celibacy is a firmly established tradition in the Catholic Church.