Pope Francis Open to Debate on Married Priests to Beat ‘Evangelicals, Pagans Displacing Catholics’

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Pope Francis has suggested that he is open to the possibility of married men becoming Roman Catholic priests in cases where communities face a shortage of clergy and are being displaced by other faiths.

The Telegraph reported on Thursday that Francis has requested discussion on whether married men in the Amazon region in Brazil could be allowed to become priests, which would go against long-held tradition.

Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the president of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon, reportedly made a request to the pope to consider the proposal, given that both evangelical Christians and pagan sects are displacing Catholicism in the region.

Monsignor Erwin Krautler, the secretary of the Episcopal Commission, has echoed the request, and said that bishops should also consider ordaining women deacons as priests.

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