Vatican allows married priests for Eastern Catholics in diaspora is carrying the news that Pope Francis has lifted the ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia.
The ban was not being observed by some Eastern Catholic bishops in recent decades, but in more recent years Rome tended to look the other way. Now the situation is regularised, with any Eastern Catholic church free to abolish mandatory celibacy.
Each Eastern church is sui juris, (one who is not under the power of another) and so the Ruthenians can ordain married men to the priesthood anywhere now, while the Maronites and Syro-Malabars, for example, are free to retain the discipline of celibacy in the diaspora, though Rome does not require it of them.
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