S.A. archbishop discusses possibility of ending celibacy for priests

S.A. archbishop discusses possibility of ending celibacy for priests

S.A. archbishop discusses possibility of ending celibacy for priests

Print
Email
|

by Phil Anaya / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- In the Archdiocese of San Antonio there are more than 250 Catholic priests preaching to hundreds of thousands of faithful Catholics. Although the church requires Catholic priests to remain celibate, there is fresh discussion that the long standing tradition could change.
 
That’s because earlier in the week the Vatican’s secretary of state said celibacy is up for discussion.
 
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller will be the first to tell someone that celibacy isn’t easy.
 
“Priest in the Latin church are called to be celibate and I’m one of them,” said Garcia-Siller.
 
Despite the difficulty of celibacy, Garcia-Siller said he and other Catholic leaders embrace it as a calling from God.
 
“It’s a very radical expression and a sign and a symbol and has the meaning, love with undivided heart, the Lord and you and people,” said Garcia-Siller.
 
In a church full of tradition, Catholics now wonder if celibacy might be history in light of the recent remarks from the Vatican.
 
Garcia-Siller said there’s no right or wrong decision in the debate, as long as the Pope and church make that decision together.

"I'm glad that now this topic is becoming out there and it's calling attention to people to learn more about it," said Garcia-Siller.

After evening mass at Our Lady of Grace Church several Catholics told KENS 5 it's a divine decision which cannot be rushed.

"Right now I think I need more time to reflect and pray on that to see what my heart tells me to think about it," said Carmel Tajonera.

"I would seek guidance from the Vatican and what our Holy Father is now saying," added Heidi Hawbecker.

"The Pope will give us direction in this matter in the weeks to come," said Garcia-Siller.

Print
Email
|