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Diabolical Lies The Vatican Celibacy Debate

When former Pope Benedict stepped down from his position, he promised to live a quiet life. Instead, he has pushed himself into the center of a new debate about priestly celibacy, sparking fierce division within the church.
By Walter Mayr in Vatican City
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the Vatican Garden in June 2019

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the Vatican Garden in June 2019

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DER SPIEGEL 6/2020
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Is the former pope losing control?
Pope Francis providing an audience to nuns at the Vatican on Jan. 15

Pope Francis providing an audience to nuns at the Vatican on Jan. 15

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