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Shane Savitsky Mar 10, 2017
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Pope Francis would consider married men as priests

Andrew Medichini / AP

Per the AP, Pope Francis has expressed an openness to examining the possibility that married men in remote communities might be allowed to join the priesthood.

The times they are a-changin': The Catholic Church's discipline of clerical celibacy has been in place for nearly two thousand years, though the Church does already allow some exceptions — priests in eastern rite Catholicism and previously married Anglican priests who convert to Catholicism.

A New World pope: Francis, hailing from Argentina, is acutely aware of the problems faced by a massively Catholic country like Brazil, where there's one priest for every ten thousand Catholics in the Amazon region.