The Vatican’s “Secrets”
The Vatican has acknowledged for the first time the existence of secret guidelines for priests who break their vows of celibacy and father children. However, it declined to make its advice public, saying it was an internal matter.
Survivors of clerical sexual abuse from around the world are gathering in Rome this week to hold vigils and protests outside an unprecedented summit of senior bishops and other church figures called by Pope Francis. The number of children born to priests is unknown although one support group, Coping International , has 50, users in countries.
Some children are the result of consensual relationships, but others are the result of rape or abuse. At a minimum, no priest should walk away from his responsibilities. There are some, exceedingly rare, high-profile cases , but the overwhelming majority remain out of the public eye. The tradition of celibacy among Roman Catholic clergy was broadly codified in the 12th century, but not necessarily adhered to, even in the highest places. There are no estimates of how many such children exist.
But Mr. Doyle said his support group website, Coping International , has 50, users in countries. Doyle recalled Archbishop Jurkovic having said.
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The Irish bishops have their own guidelines, and made them public in Canon lawyers say that there is nothing in church law that forces priests to leave the priesthood for fathering children. Some children of priests, however, wish their fathers were forced out of the ministry.
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Zattoni said. Her family tried to force the priest to recognize their son, but he refused. The family was evicted from their parish-owned home in a tiny town outside Ferrara, Italy, where they often bumped into each other.
In , Mr. Zattoni sued Father Tosi, demanding to be recognized.
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After a national news program highlighted his case, hundreds of Italians filled a Ferrara piazza in to show support for Mr. Zattoni and press Francis to take up his case. The children of priests are increasingly turning to DNA tests to prove that their parents are either priests or nuns. Her mother kept her paternity secret, but Ms.