Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Spain gets first married priest

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Spain gets first married priest: "Spain gets first married priest
By Danny Wood
BBC News, Madrid

A Roman Catholic bishop on the Spanish island of Tenerife has ordained a man as a Catholic priest despite the fact that he is married with two children.

The 64-year-old former Anglican pastor, David Gliwitzki, was ordained in La Laguna on the Canary Island.

The Bishop of Tenerife said the move was a unique exception within the Spanish Church.

According to Church rules, priests are supposed to be celibate. But the ordination was approved by the Pope."

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