Over half Spanish priests back 'optional celibacy'

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29 March 2007, MADRID – More than half of Spain’s Roman Catholic priests back ‘optional celibacy’, according to a survey published on Thursday.

29 March 2007

MADRID – More than half of Spain’s Roman Catholic priests back ‘optional celibacy’, according to a survey published on Thursday.

The poll also found over 41 percent were in favour of the ordination of women priests.

The results appeared to go against two principles held dear by Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic hierachy.

The report was carried out by the religious magazine 21hrs, and involved a survey of 20,000 priests.

It found most priests “do not live like priests”.

They dress in everyday clothes, say they are politically in the centre ground, suffer from loneliness and, most controversially, ask for ‘optional celibacy’.

The survey found 52.7 percent said they were in favour of optional celibacy, while 47pc said it should be obligatory.

Just over 41pc said women should be allowed to become priests, while 59pc were against.

Also 63 percent said they thought the Church should be self-financed, instead of being supported by the state, because this would grant it more independence.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news  

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