Pope Francis said last year that the pope celibacy rule could change in the future. The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio said in an interview that the Catholic Church’s rules governing priests and celibacy are up for discussion and admitted he was “dazzled” by a girl as a young seminarian.
The new pope said in an interview last year that celibacy in the church is still firm, and that priests should still quit if they are tempted, but seemed to leave a window open for the future.
The interview was very candid for a high-ranking church official. The pope said: “I was dazzled by a girl I met at an uncle’s wedding. I was surprised by her beauty, her intellectual brilliance … and, well, I was bowled over for quite a while. I kept thinking and thinking about her. When I returned to the seminary after the wedding, I could not pray for over a week because when I tried to do so, the girl appeared in my head. I had to rethink what I was doing.”
This is not the first progressive idea the new pope seems to embrace. The former cardinal also reportedly supported civil unions in his native Argentina last year.