For quite some time, Pope Francis has already introduces change of traditional Papal leadership.
The Church leader has stirred Catholics around the world with his relatively open comments on homosexuality, abortions and climate change, but his latest statement hints he may be looking at moving the Church toward loosening one of its most stringent rules.
In an interview, Pope Francis said he might consider ordaining married men who could work in rural areas where there are few priests, according to the Associated Press.
The recent Argentinian Pope’s came in an interview with the Germany newspaper Die Zeit.
The leader emphasized that he is not interested in completely abandoning the Church’s celibacy rule, but he said married men who are already involved in the church — called “viri probati” — could be useful.
“We must consider if viri probati is a possibility,” he said.
“Then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities,” he added.
Meanwhile, Agence France Press reported that the idea of viri probati is an old one, but recent strains on the Catholic Church have brought renewed attention to it.
It can also be noted that countries such as Brazil have large Catholic populations but few priests, so some people have been looking for ways to expand the clergy’s ranks.
Last week, Newsgru reported the recent call of Pope Francis urging couples to have fewer children in order to have a sustainable life, say environmentalist who personally talked the leader.
In particular, the AP reported that Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, who is a friend of Francis, would like the church to allow viri probati in South America due to the high number of Catholics.