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No. In fact he still expects ordained ministers who are vowed to celibacy to stay on as celibates. He's not talking about allowing them to marry. I think he expects those who are already ordained and vowed to celibacy to remain faithful to their vows. A promise is a promise, and is meant to be kept by the ordained minister for as long as he possibly can.

Sometimes though, as in the case of priests vowed to celibacy who realize that they cannot keep the vow, a petition for a dispensation from celibacy may be submitted by them to the Pope. In such instances, even when the Pope grants the petition, he still withholds their faculties to exercise the ordained ministry. In short, he is not yet extending to them the privilege of serving as "married priests". They remain as priests in essence, but are removed from the clerical status and allowed to function in the Church only for lay ministries.

What the Pope seems to be considering lately, especially in places where there is a dearth of priestly vocations (such as in Europe), is the possible ordination of married men to the priesthood--meaning men who have not made a vow of celibacy. We have, for instance, married men who have already been ordained to the diaconate. This phenomenon is already prevalent in the United States, not yet in the Philippines.


Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:40

By: Bishop Ambo David, DD

Just a few thoughts on the move to REVIEW tax exemptions for religious institutions running schools. Well, that's their call; it's always the government's prerogative to do that--especially if they can prove that some Religious congregations and Dioceses are already running schools mainly for business & profit. This applies to all other tax-exempt entities and institutions, not just the Church, doesn't it?

We in the Church would probably not be running schools if only the government could adequately provide quality education for its citizens, especially on primary and secondary levels. The fact is, it cannot. Look how many students are cramped per classroom in public schools. Ask about the huge backlog in the construction of classrooms and the need for more teachers. Ask about the quality of teaching that overworked public school teachers can deliver if the number of students in their care per classroom is double those in private schools. The state's resources are still not enough to provide decent education to all its citizens.

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