Skip to comments.Francis Speaks, Scalfari Transcribes, Brandmüller Shreds
Posted on 07/19/2014 10:17:37 AM PDT by marshmallow
As a Church historian, the German cardinal refutes the notion according to which clerical celibacy was an invention of the 10th century. No, he objects: its origin is with Jesus and the apostles. And he explains why
ROME, July 19, 2014 Perhaps you do not know that celibacy was established in the 10th century, 900 years after the death of our Lord. The Eastern Catholic Church even now has the option for its priests to marry. The problem certainly exists, but it is not large in scope. It will take time, but the solutions are there and I will find them."
This is the answer on the issue of the celibacy of the clergy that Pope Francis gave to Eugenio Scalfari in the interview granted to the founder of the newspaper la Repubblica" and guiding light of secular Italian intellectuals, published on Sunday, July 13.
On the same day, a note from Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the press office of the Holy See, clarified:
If it can be maintained that overall the article conveys the sense and spirit of the conversation between the Holy Father and Scalfari, what was said on the occasion of a previous 'interview' that appeared in 'Repubblica' must be reiterated forcefully, namely that the individual statements reported, in the formulation presented, cannot be attributed to the pope with certainty."
In particular, Fr. Lombardi cast doubt on the notion that the pope had proclaimed, with regard to the celibacy of the clergy, "I will find the solutions.
But he made no objection to the other highly reckless words put into the pope's mouth, according to which celibacy was established in the 10th century, 900 years after the death of our Lord.
A Church historian no less authoritative than German cardinal Walter Brandmüller, for more than......
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Thanks. This is a truly excellent post and the article by Walter Brandmüller “WE PRIESTS, CELIBATE LIKE CHRIST” is a must-read for low-IQ folks who want to end priestly celibacy by pointing to the canard that this was a 10th century invention.
This pope is one loose cannon ( or is it canon?)