I have just read with great interest an interview with the Vatican’s New Secretary of State Parolin on celibacy and democracy.
An excerpt from the National Catholic Reporter LINK
Do you mean that the approach to reform implies a return to early Christianity?
Yes, taking into account that we also have two thousand years of history. This history has not happened in vain. It is not simply about returning to the past, at least in the most radical way, but a return to the fundamental principles of the church. I want to underline the theme of continuity because sometimes it seems, and I don’t know if I’m exaggerating here, that Pope Francis is going to revolutionize everything, he is going to change everything.
Aren’t there two types of dogmas? Aren’t there unmovable dogmas that were instituted by Jesus and then there are those that came afterwards, during the course of the church’s history, created by men and therefore susceptible to change?
Certainly. There are dogmas that are defined and untouchable.
Celibacy is not –
It is not a church dogma and it can be discussed because it is a church tradition.
You have said that changes must be made without dividing the church. Don’t you think that a way to decide on its application would be by consulting the whole church, its bishops? Wouldn’t it be a democratization?
Certainly. It has always been said that the church is not a democracy. But it would be good during these times that there could be a more democratic spirit, in the sense of listening carefully, and I believe the pope has made of this one of his pontificate’s objectives. A collegial movement of the church, where all the issues can be brought up, and afterward he can make a decision