Bosco Peters, on his Liturgy blog, reports of a growing trend of Roman Catholic priests to vocally call for change in leadership restrictions in spite of the consequences.
More than 300 Roman Catholic priests in Austria have joined The Pfarrer-Initiative: “Appeal to Disobedience”. These priests have committed to seven reforms in “WE WILL” statements, including:
WE WILL not deny Communion to faithful of good will, especially remarried people, members of other Christian churches, and in some cases those who have officially left the Catholic Church.
WE WILL take every opportunity to speak up publicly for the admission of women and married people to the priesthood. These would be welcome colleagues in ministry.
Peters also reports:
In Australia, the National Council of Priests defended the bishop of Toowoomba, Bishop William Morris, who had issued a pastoral letter saying that, facing a severe priest shortage, he would ordain women and married men “if Rome would allow it.” The Vatican forced him to resign.