For the Day:

Married Priest

Ireland

An Irish bishop urged his colleagues to establish a commission to discuss the possibility of ordaining married men. Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore also wants the Irish Bishops’ Conference to empower the commission to further study female deacons. The proposal stemmed from a 10-month listening process that Bishop O’Reilly led in the Kilmore Diocese, which led to a diocesan assembly and a new diocesan pastoral plan to tackle challenges facing the Catholic Church, including the declining number of priests. Bishop O’Reilly said that he wants his fellow bishops to study his proposal, which came in response to Pope Francis, who “encouraged bishops and Bishops’ Conferences to be creative in looking at ways to do ministry in the future” with the scarcity of priests.