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Roman Catholic bishops veto married Eastern Rite priests in Italy

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    Thursday, March 03, 2011 Roman Catholic bishops veto married Eastern Rite priests in Italy Italian news sources are reporting that the Italian Episcopal
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      Thursday, March 03, 2011
      Roman Catholic bishops veto married Eastern Rite priests in Italy

      Italian news sources are reporting that the Italian Episcopal Conference
      (CEI) has vetoed the idea of allowing married priests of the Romanian
      Catholic Church (one of the Eastern Catholic Churches in union with the pope
      of Rome) to exercise their priestly ministry in Italy.

      In an article entitled "Priests of a Lesser God: CEI - New Veto to the
      Presence of Married Catholic Clergy in Italy," Italian news service Adista
      reported obtaining a copy of a confidential letter written last September 13
      by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference
      to Lucian Muresan, Major Archbishop of the Romanian Catholic Church. In it,
      Cardinal Bugnasco explained the position of the Italian Episcopal Conference
      regarding not allowing the presence of married Romanian Catholic priests in
      Italy. (The Romanian Catholic Church follows the Byzantine liturgical rite
      and retains many customs - such as a married priesthood - similar to Eastern
      Orthodoxy, from which it broke away in 1698 when it entered union with Rome.
      It is estimated there are 800,000 Romanian Catholics in Italy.) Cardinal
      Bagnasco, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 to be President of the CEI,
      said that the Bishops' Conference

      "after having carefully examined the issue in light of the figures relating
      to the consistency of the ethnic communities from Eastern European countries
      and the situation of clergy in the Italian dioceses, believes that, at
      present and in general, there is not 'just and reasonable cause' to justify
      the granting of the dispensation."

      Read the rest here
      http://orthocath.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/italian-catholic-episcopal-conference-vetoes-married-priests/

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