I cannot believe that the "powers that be" have not requested a behavioral study to examine the relationship, if any, between the sexual abuse by clerics and the requirement of mandatory celibacy. On the other hand, if such a study has been done, why has it not been made public?
His comments were made ahead of a synod on the pan-Amazon region to be held in October, at which priestly celibacy is expected to be discussed as it pertains to the remote Amazon basin where there is often a shortage of priests.
Additionally, he should be "(http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/10/europe/pope-married-men-priests/) in persona Christi " or "in the person of Christ" and maintain his celibacy like the church's founder, Jesus Christ.
Citing the issue of clerical celibacy as a point of uncompromising conflict throughout the Enlightenment, revolutionary, and post-revolutionary eras, Cage notes reflections in modern political thought and culture today.