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23rd June 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 20 June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


In a potentially ground-breaking move, the Roman Catholic Church on Monday cracked open the door to ordaining married, elderly men to the priesthood, to meet the pastoral needs of Catholics in remote areas of the Amazon.

The proposal would respond to the dearth of priests in the region by ordaining “viri probati,” or men of proven character, as they are known in Latin. It is the kind of exception to the celibacy requirement that church experts say – and church traditionalists worry – could be a step toward the ordination of married men in other areas of the world.

While affirming that “celibacy is a gift for the Church,” the Vatican document notes that there have been requests to consider, for the most remote areas of the Amazon, “the possibility of conferring priestly ordination on elderly men, preferably indigenous, respected and accepted members of their community.” Such men, the document said, could be ordained “even if they already have an established and stable family.”

Pope Francis has said in the past that he would entertain the possibility of ordaining viri probati in remote areas that are deprived of the sacraments. But he has also made clear that the church’s broader commitment to celibacy for priests remains intact.

The Vatican proposal was drawn up after consultations with Catholics in the Amazon region.

If the proposal is accepted, these married men would not be the first to serve as Catholic priests. The pope’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, permitted the ordination of some married Anglican priests who converted to Catholicism to serve as Catholic priests. And some Eastern Catholic churches that are in communion with Rome, like the Melkites and Maronites, have long allowed married men to become priests.

But an exception for remote areas of South America would be different, addressing an extreme version of the shortage of priests that plagues the church in many parts of the world.

The much-anticipated proposal marks a potential pivot for the church, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, where it sees its future.


Taken from the internet version of the “Irish Times”


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            343                              343

            316                              316

                        501                              274

220/334                       261/96

362                              362


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Mary Wesson, Liz Osborne


And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Mick Tranmer, Jayde Hall, Simon Howard


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 25th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

2pm Confirmation preparation – 14 Sheridan Way

Thursday 27th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors


COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOJuly 13th depart Stone approx. 8.30am, leave Llandudno 5.30pm. Cost approx. £15, depending on numbers. To book seats speak to Nichola Abbott 07866 101988


CONGRATULATIONSTo Laura Williams,and Debbie Hodson who were Confirmed last weekend and to Dave McGlynn on his renewing his vows. We rejoice with you and pray for you