Letter from Rome: Deciding not to decide … for now

Why the pope has not ruled on married priests or women deacons
Letter from Rome: Deciding not to decide … for now

Pope Francis watches a performance by an indigenous boy during his visit to a children's home in the Peruvian city of Puerto Maldonado in January 2018. (Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP)

In his new apostolic exhortation on the Church in the Amazonian region, Pope Francis has refused a request by bishops at last October's Synod assembly to formally approve the ordination of married priests and women deacons.

In Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon) the pope pretty much ignores these two issues altogether.

And this, of course, has provoked predictable responses throughout the variegated world of Roman Catholicism.

Traditionalists and doctrinal conservatives, for the most part, are breathing a sigh of relief. Some are even jumping for joy.

Click here to read the full article

 

Sign up to receive UCAN Daily Full Bulletin
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter
The Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) is the leading independent Catholic news source from Asia.Support our network of Catholic journalists and editors who daily provide accurate, independent reports and commentaries on issues affecting the Church across the Asian region.


Or choose your own donation amount
© Copyright 2020, UCA News All rights reserved.
© Copyright 2020, Union of Catholic Asian News Limited. All rights reserved
Expect for any fair dealing permitted under the Hong Kong Copyright Ordinance.
No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means without prior permission.