Celibacy Not Optional For Priests, Says Pope But Talks Of Exceptions
Monday, January 28, 2019, 8:27 PM
Pope Francis said Monday celibacy for priests was a "gift to the Church" and not "optional", nixing the prospect of married men being ordained. "Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church," the pope told journalists aboard his plane returning to the Vatican from Panama. "Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No," he said.