Full Vatican statement on Curia meeting  

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Nov. 17 (CWNews.com) - The following is the entire text of a statement released by the Vatican press office regarding the Pope's November 16 meeting with the leaders of the Roman Curia:

In the Apostolic Palace this morning, November 16, the Holy Father presided at one of the regular meetings of the heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia, for a moment of shared reflection.

The participants in the meeting had at their disposal detailed information concerning requests for dispensation from the obligation of celibacy presented during recent years, and concerning the possibility of readmission to the exercise of the ministry of priests who currently meet the conditions established by the Church.

The value of the choice of priestly celibacy in accordance with Catholic tradition was reaffirmed, and the need for solid human and Christian formation was underlined, both for seminaries and for ordained priests.

Another firm stand of the Magisterium regarding priestly celibacy. Regarding the controversy on optional celibacy it is only pride and personal satisfaction that motivates those who are pushing for this option. Celibacy if only understood and followed is the most noble and gloriuos offering man can offer to God in His service.
It is the true denial of oneself, the leaving of everything in order to follow the footsteps of our Lord. The road of celibacy as we know is not an easy one it is a task that is not easy, a burden that is not light in the perspective of man, but dear seminarians and priest our Lord said "be not afraid it is I." He is the one that will carry you and will ease your burden and ligthen your load, for you have dedicated yourselves to his service God will provide you the strength you need to continue in that ministry of consecrated life.

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