In this regard, it seems that he chose a conservative attitude by keeping things as they are.
There could be reasons for this: is he afraid that most priests would go for marriage?
This is not just theoretical but practical because the Pope is becoming aware that in most parts of the world, the church is disappearing simply because there is no one to tell people about the Good News.
He has to resort to married people as otherwise the consequences could be disastrous. We do believe that there are people who live celibacy in a wonderful way notwithstanding the sexual abuse crisis.
That means another challenge for seminaries (places where priests are trained). This is just one subject where the rest of the world thinks differently than those living inside the Vatican walls….. Where is the priest in such moments if they are so tied to the parish with all its activities?
At least this Pope is more near us mortals, than the rest of the bishops, priests etc…. Like children in a family, today’s children need more attention and care then when we used to have sixes and sevens!! The church cannot do without a good number of priests, married and non-married ones in these days as the needs of the baptised people grow each day.
Moreover, they see themselves as part of a growing trend of folks who do not view monogamy as any type of ideal.
“There’s this huge group of younger people that are involved in these things,” says Ryan – an observation that seemed borne out of a monthly event called “Poly Cocktails,” held at an upstairs bar on the Lower East Side a few weeks later, in which one would have been hard-pressed to realize that this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill mixer (a guy who’d wandered in accidentally must have eventually figured it out; he was later seen by the bar grinning widely as he chatted up two women).
In Part One of a two-part series, Rolling Stone goes under the covers in search of new approaches to intimacy, commitment and hooking up.Because they started off dating long-distance (Ryan was living in Colorado at the time), it was understood that they would not be exclusive: They initiated a policy Leah describes as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” But when Ryan moved to New York and began living with Leah a year and a half later, he assumed they would transition immediately into monogamy.“I thought, ‘All right, the long-distance shenanigans are over now, we’re moving in together, and it’s time to have a real go at this,’” he says, taking a sip of his beer.“I remember the first night, I was telling him about my difficulty with monogamy,” she says.“I don’t know why I felt the need, but it must have been on my mind a lot.” In almost every relationship she’d had, she’d found herself cheating, though she didn’t know if this was a character flaw or a problem with the conventional system. “I was just trying to get into your panties,” he says to her, laughing.