Religion: Celibacy, No!

Celibacy, No! Ever since the Second Vatican Council, the Roman Catholic Church of The Netherlands has been the single most progressive force in Catholic reformation. Last week, once again, Dutch Catholics demonstrated that they are still the vanguard. The Dutch Pastoral Council, a representative church body composed of bishops, priests, nuns, seminarians and lay men and women, voted 93 to 2 in favor of an umbrella policy statement that "obligatory celibacy as a condition of the priesthood should be abrogated."*

The Dutch Council—the only national pastoral council thus far...

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