Retired pope Benedict has issue a defense of priestly celibacy saying he can no longer remain silent as pope Francis his successor consider easing the prohibition on married men serving as Catholic priest
Benedict made the comments in a book that he co-authored with Cardinal Robert Sarah, which will be released in France on Wednesday.
In the book, titled “From the Depths of Our Hearts,” the 92-year-old pontiff argues in favor of the centuries-old tradition of celibacy within the church, defending the ability to “put oneself completely at the disposition of the Lord” as a criterion for those wishing to be ordained as priests.
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Benedict also wrote that he believes celibacy carries “great significance” and is “truly essential” as a priest’s path to God becomes the foundation of his life.
“The call to follow Jesus is not possible without this sign of freedom and of renunciation of all commitments,” he wrote.
“Celibacy must penetrate, with its requirements, all of the attitudes of existence.”