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The true history of celibacy

The debate on married priests is damaged by myth-making. History shows that married men, if ordained, had to live continently

Priests lie on the floor as Pope Francis leads a Mass during their ordination ceremony in St Peter's Basilica  (AP Photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Pool)

The new push to end priestly celibacy

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Those who want to overturn the ancient discipline are energetic, well organised and influential. But can they persuade Pope Francis to make such a radical change?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

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Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore, Ireland (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Leo O’Reilly is asking his fellow bishops to consider the idea

Pope Francis addresses Brazilian bishops in Rio in July 2013 (AP)

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Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Institute for Religious Works (AP)

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Parliamentarians believe a change in rules would lead to growth of the priesthood

Cardinal O'Brien (Photo: PA)

Scotland’s cardinal tells the BBC that clerical celibacy could, in principle, be re-considered