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    Pope Condemns European Priests Calling for Disobedience

    Pope Benedict XVI prays during a Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, April 5, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI prays during a Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, April 5, 2012

    Pope Benedict has issued a rare condemnation of priests who have questioned church teachings on celibacy and ordaining women during a homily in St. Peter's Basilica on Holy Thursday, when priests recall the promises made when they were ordained.

    The pope said a group of priests in a European country recently published an appeal that gave examples of how to be disobedient.

    He said the priests called for women to be allowed to join the clergy, but noted that his predecessor, Pope John Paul, said the Catholic church has received no authority from God to ordain women.

    His comments were in response to a call to disobedience launched by a group of Austrian priests.

    Their appeal comes amid calls for reform in the Catholic church on issues including the ordination of women priests, abolishing celibacy for clergy, divorce and support for victims of sexual abuse by priests.

    Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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    by: Jun
    April 12, 2012 12:49 AM
    There are many ignorant people. Vatican is a separate state from Italy. Why are you people asking the priests/RC Church to pay tax to your government???

    by: Bob in Philly
    April 08, 2012 5:09 AM
    History has shown Catholic priests were allowed to marry in the past and there have been several married popes. But of course allowing priests to marry means their estates pass to their famillies and not the Vatican. This is the real reason why the Vatican demands celibacy. The love of power and the money that goes with instead of the power of love. And why this church will see more and more failure.

    by: michael
    April 08, 2012 5:04 AM
    Christian gentiles abandoned the Old Testament. The search made by the gentiles for a new scripture brought forth centuries of strife over the "correct" this or that

    by: Alexander
    April 06, 2012 12:03 AM
    Pope trues to hold priests under his control by means threat, that never get
    positive result. Some day a strict system of such clergy will give great split,
    because there are impossible thing to serve two Lords - Pope and God.

    by: Peter
    April 05, 2012 12:53 PM
    Pope is another tyrant. It always have been in history of Catholism and it will not change no matter how many veils it shield itself with from the public eyes

    by: Paddy O
    April 05, 2012 10:50 AM
    The Vatican is sovereign because of Italy's emergence as the birthplace of Fascism. Italy is bankrupt because of its reckless social welfare programs, institutional corruption, and its society's failure to obey the law and pay taxes. Robbing the Church will not solve these fundamental problems, nor will handouts from the Germans.

    by: Jaime Douglas
    April 05, 2012 9:48 AM
    Apparently, when it comes to the issue of pedophilia and the sexual molestation of children, God has said that was ok? Also, God doesn't talk through one person alone. God talks to everyone in his own way. Prove to me otherwise.

    by: NVO
    April 05, 2012 9:07 AM
    Replacement Theology and Amillennialism are DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED to sound BIBLICAL AND CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE!!! Yet the RC Church still peddles these two ANTI-SEMITIC doctrines, and the duped congregation just sits there and takes it. Run for your spiritual life from that den of lies, the RC Church!

    by: skeptic scottt
    April 05, 2012 8:56 AM
    The Church could do much more to help the poor. EU is in a desperate state and needs new sources of wealth. There is no reason why the Vatican should be a sovereign state exempt from taxes The Vatican all its land and assets should be securitised and all income taxed This would generate an enormous pool of wealth which would allow the EU to break up in an orderly way. Vatican wealth far outstrips any sovereign wealth fund and should be used as a force for good to alleviate poverty

    by: NVO
    April 05, 2012 8:39 AM
    The RC Church needs to address their two ANTI-SEMITIC doctrines that they promulgate; Amillennialism and Replacement Theology! The RC Church is a CONFIRMED Amillennial/Replacement Theology church, both doctrines based on and rooted in ANTI-SEMITISM. The duped congregation is clueless about these two doctrines, and the Vatican covers it up. These doctrines are hideous, and only a duped catholic would stay in that den of lies that peddles these ANTI-SEMITIC doctrines!
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