Survey Promo
RVA App Promo Image

Pope reaffirms Church’s commitment to celibacy among priests

Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Feb.12. (Photo by Remo Casilli/Reuters via

Pope Francis has dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Catholic Church’s centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests.

The Feb. 12 decision, one of the most significant of his papacy, appeared a victory for conservative senior clergy, who had feared a slippery slope towards a married priesthood throughout the Church if the recommendation was approved.

It was put forward by Latin American bishops as a means of easing an acute shortage of priests in the Amazon region, and passed by 128 votes to 41 at a contentious Vatican assembly, or synod, of bishops.

Three months after that vote, Pope Francis delivered his response, ignoring the proposal altogether in an Apostolic Exhortation, a mechanism used to instruct and encourage the Catholic faithful but not to define church doctrine.

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the Vatican’s former chief doctrinal official and a leading conservative critic of the pope, called it “a document of reconciliation”.

Read full story at


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.