Disappointment in Amazonia Over Pope’s Decision Not to Ordain Married Clergy

The scarcity of priests and deacons in the region is in contrast to the growing power of the evangelical churches in Amazonia.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Catholic Bishops' proposal to ordain as priests men of indigenous origin,to serve in remote villages in Amazonia, even if they are married, will not be set aside or placed in a drawer, according to the bishops of Brazil, despite the Pope's recent decisions not to diminish the celibacy requirement for clergy, nor to permit women to be ordained as deacons.

"This matter must now be worked on with the Pope in the instances of the Holy See. It will be taken up again," said Cardinal Claudio Hummes, rapporteur for the Amazon Synod in . . .

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