I am one of many Catholics and non-Catholics who welcome the arrival of Pope Francis as a welcome change for a Church badly in need of some changes. There is nothing wrong with change, it is part of the human experience. A group of Italian women have written a joint letter to Pope Francis. It turns out these women have, or still are, involved in sexual relations with priests in the Catholic church. They believe themselves to be a “small sample” of women who have been “living in silence” because their love for a priest. They seek to have the Pope rethink his views toward the concept of celibacy.
“We love these men who love us, and, in most cases, despite our efforts to renounce it, one can not manage to give up such solid and beautiful relationship. We humbly place our suffering at your feet in the hope that something may change, not just for us, but for the good of the entire Church.”
Pope Francis has said that for now, he believes in maintaining celibacy. Perhaps, for tomorrow, he might be willing to maintain another position. Let us hope for that change–for the better of priests and the Catholic Church.