Married Clergy (Viri probati

Purpose: To encourage the American Bishops to petition the Pope to change the present law requiring celibacy of all Roman Catholic priests by opening ordination to married men of proven quality (viri probati).The Ad Hoc Working Group has drafted and referred a letter to the Leadership Team, to be communicated to the appropriate USCCB Committee.

Alan Phillip, and Dan Walsh,
AUSCP Facilitator: Gerry Bechard,
AUSCP Leadership Team Liaison: Bob Bonnot,

NEW: January 28, 2019, from NCR: Francis expresses openness to married priests for ‘pastoral necessity’

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Crux reports: Pope Francis signals openness to ordaining viri probati

A local Fox News report features a married priest: Dad of eight, Father to all