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  1. Ralph Hythloday

    “But what’s even newsier is that the new pontiff said that celibacy is ‘a matter of discipline, not of faith. It can change.’ Is it me, or does that sound radically candid?”

    It shouldn’t be considered radically candid because this is the orthodox view of priestly celibacy. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, priestly celibacy is a “discipline.” Paragraph 1579-80. Since a married priesthood is also considered “legitimate,” there is no doctrinal reason why it cannot change. Pragmatically, of course, a married priesthood opens up a whole new can of worms.

  2. Catholics need to pick up on those nail decals. The Mysterious of the Rosary are just waiting for this expression. Actually, if they are made,they will become another “ironic” fashion statement like the crucifix.

    Perhaps Madonna will lead the way. That would be appropriate.

  3. The Pope’s quote about celibacy is “a matter of discipline, not of faith. It can change.” is in a book not yet published. I hope that when the book is released RNS will follow up as to whether is is still there. When he wrote it he wasn’t in a position to change it; now…