BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A top leader at the Vatican says allowing priests to marry could be possible.
In an interview with Venezuelan newspaper El Universal, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, says the issue of marriage for priests is open for discussion. That's because it's been a rule – a tradition within the church, but it not technically part of church dogma.
The comments are the most significant statements on the celibacy of priests to date and they come from a man who holds a lot of influence at the Vatican. That has re-ignited debate on the issue.
Some say the move is still highly unlikely, but if it were to happen, it could mean more men would be inclined to enter the priesthood, something that is desperately needed as the numbers dwindle.
Those comments aren't the only ones coming from the Vatican recently that have caused surprise. In July, Pope Francis was asked about homosexuality. While he didn't break from biblical theology, he also didn't condemn those who are gay.
Pope Francis said it was not for him to judge their personal relationship with the Lord.