Celibacy in the Catholic Church

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The scandal in the Catholic Church continues to expand beyond the Boston archdiocese. From Florida to Maine to California, bishops, pastors and priests are being removed from positions of authority. The Boston Catholic newspaper now says part of addressing the crisis is talking about issues like celibacy and homosexuality in the church. Cardinal Law himself is less enthusiastic, saying the policy of clerical celibacy stands, and should.

Whether the Cardinal likes it or not, many of the faithful are questioning a range of church policies, and the scandals are cutting directly to the moral credibility of the church. Some Catholics are wondering whether the church even recognizes the depth of the crisis in America and beyond.


David Willey, BBC Vatican Correspondent

Lisa Sowle Cahill, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Boston College

and Mary Ann Ronan, Women’s Ordination Conference