Synod affirms priestly celibacy, other rules

Catholic bishops embrace traditional teaching
As more than 250 bishops filed into St. Peter’s Square for the late October mass that concluded the first synod of Pope Benedict XVI’s reign, there were few signs of the lively debate that shook up the assembly’s launch.

After weeks of soul-searching that identified Catholicism’s global priest shortage and the sacramental status of remarried Catholics as top concerns, the bishops came full circle, reaffirming traditional teaching, based on Christ’s example, as the best answer to the challenges of modernity.

“The synodal work allowed us to deepen the salient aspects of this mystery, given to the church from the beginning,” said Benedict October 23 to the synod’s bishops, who convened in Rome three weeks earlier to advise the pope, not set policy.


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