Pope Francis ignores question about ordaining married men as priests

Posted at 5:33 AM, Feb 12, 2020

Pope Francis has declined to approve the ordination of married men to address the priest shortage in the Amazon.

In an eagerly-awaited document, Francis didn’t even refer to recommendations by Amazonian bishops to consider the ordination of married men and women deacons made during a big meeting last October. Rather, Francis urged bishops to pray for more priestly vocations and send missionaries to the region.

The bulk of the document, “Beloved Amazon,” is instead a love letter to the Amazonian rainforest and its indigenous peoples, penned by history’s first Latin American pope who has long been concerned with the violent exploitation of the land, the Amazon's crucial importance to the global ecosystem and the injustices committed against its peoples.