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First, The “Good”
Nowhere in the pope’s new apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia, does the pope explicitly endorse the admission of married men to the priesthood or women to holy orders. The big fear was that the pope would accede to the desires of the Amazon synod, as they were expressed in the final document, and rubber-stamp these two proposals in his own apostolic exhortation.
As other commentators have already pointed out, the pope actually seems to disfavor such suggestions. But others see an opening to these proposals in the early paragraphs of the document. The issue was hashed out rather well on Raymond Arroyo’s show when Robert Royal of the “papal posse” raised the question of those first paragraphs.
We find in those opening paragraphs a focus on the synod’s final document, The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology. It was in that document that both female ordination and a married clergy were proposed as solutions to priest shortages in the Amazon. Here’s what the pope said: …
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