September 12th, 2013
01:10 PM ET

More Surprises From New Pope, New Vatican Secretary Questions Celibacy

The pope's recently handpicked secretary of state,  not even in the job yet, has discussed the role of priestly "celibacy," a church practice dating back to the middle ages. CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

In an interview with Venezuela's 'El Universal' newspaper, Archbishop Pietro Parolin said, "Efforts the church made to keep ecclesiastical celibacy, to impose ecclesiastical celibacy, have to be taken into consideration."

And Father Edward Beck said, "we're hearing now that maybe it's on the table for at least discussion. And that's all people really are asking."

The trend is clear. Pope Francis, 76, is a new pope. He took on the equally sensitive subject of gays in the church by saying "who am I to judge?"

And an interesting note about his ride. Francis has accepted the gift of a 1984 Renault, with nearly 200,000 miles on it, from a priest in northern Italy.

The pope says he used to have one just like it.

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  1. Philomena Carolan

    At least it is being discussed now, it was not even on the cards for discussion before so maybe the pope is thinking about God's suffering with this after all and not before time.

    It seems positive now.

    September 17, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply

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