• Short Summary

    POPE PAUL LAST NIGHT FIRMLY RULED OUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO MARRY.

  • Description

    POPE PAUL LAST NIGHT FIRMLY RULED OUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO MARRY.

    IN A SPECIAL MASS FOR MEMBERS OF THE WORLD-WIDE SYNOD OF BISHOPS, IN THE BASILICA OF THE ROME CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE, THE POPE CALLED PRIESTLY CELIBACY, 'A TREMENDOUS AND SUBLIME COMMITMENT'.

    HE WAS SPEAKING A DAY AFTER CARDINAL FRANCOIS MARTY, ARCHBISHOP OF PARIS, PROPOSED A NEW STUDY BY THE CHURCH OF THE CONTROVERSIAL PROBLEM.

    CARDINAL MARTY'S PROPOSAL WAS SUPPORTED IN THE SYNOD YESTERDAY BY CARDINAL FRANZ KOENIG, ARCHBISHOP OF VIENNA.

    ADDRESSING HIMSELF TO THE VIRGIN MARY, THE POPE SAID: 'TEACH US....TO BE CHASTE WITH THAT TREMENDOUS AND SUBLIME COMMITMENT WHICH IS OUR SACRED CELIBACY -- SOMETHING SO MUCH DISCUSSED BY MANY TODAY AND NOT UNDERSTOOD BY SOME.'
    POPE PAUL DESCRIBED CELIBACY AS SUPERHUMAN VIRTUE WHICH THEREFORE REQUIRED SUPERNATURAL SUPPORT.

    A CONFIDENTIAL STUDY OF THE PROBLEMS OF CELIBACY CARRIED OUT HIS YEAR, ON THE POPE'S INSTRUCTIONS, REVEALED THAT THE LEAST 7 137 PRIESTS HAD ASKED TO MARRY IN THE LAST SIX YEARS, AND THAT THE NUMBER WAS GROWING YEARLY.

    THE BISHOPS' SYNOD HAS BEEN DEBATING FOR TWO WEEKS ON HOW TO GIVE PRACTICAL MEANING TO THE DOCTRINE OF COLLEGIALITY, BY WHICH ALL THE BISHOPS SHARE WITH THE POPE SUPREME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CHURCH. MEMBERS OF THE SYNOD WILL BE ASKED TO VOTE ON THE MAIN PROPOSALS TO COME OUT OF THE DISCUSSIONS ON MONDAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2DDMCEO8PW22AF436PJX9H0E
    Media URN:
    VLVA2DDMCEO8PW22AF436PJX9H0E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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