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Readers split over 'disobedient' Catholic priests' reform proposals

In the wake of scandals throughout the Catholic Church, some readers support calls to end celibacy requirements for priests and let women be ordained. Others say those who want change should find another church.

New priests being ordained in southern Germany in 2009

One reformer says a shortage of new priests makes change essential

The following comments reflect the views of DW-WORLD.DE readers. DW-WORLD.DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

'Disobedient' Austrian Catholics preach message of reform

Should the Catholic Church change its traditions to suit the movement pressing for change?

It is an insult to the laity's intelligence for the pope to require the clergy to be celibate on grounds of divinity, and because Jesus was celibate. Jesus didn't wear a shirt and tie or use a telephone. Does that mean priests cannot wear a shirt and tie or use a telephone? – Howard R., USA

If they do not want to be Catholics, they should join another sect. There are many sects that already offer what they want. The Catholic Church has its rules. I believe in them, and so do millions like me. The few who want to change it have no right to claim they are Catholics. Keep the Catholic Church as it is. – Tony , Canada

The Catholic Church will change when people quit giving it money, whether in the collection plate or in the form of other gifts. The hierarchy will never listen, because they have separated themselves from reality. – Cecile K., USA

I only have this to say: If you do not agree with the laws of the Catholic Church, then please do us all a favor and leave. – Doris B., Canada

I like the information about new opinions among Austrian Catholic parishioners. I hope they bring about a much needed reform. – Ana C., Argentina

Yes, the church should allow priests to marry and women to be ordained. The church must also locate and prosecute all pedophiles, whether male or female, and all who covered up for them. Pedophiles and their enablers must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and jailed. – Kay G., USA

I support the changes in ordination. I know former priests who married, but would gladly come back if allowed. The church has been rocked with multi-country cases of pedophilia. Let us change the good old boys, cardinals and bishops, and reform our church. The law of celibacy is man-made and needs to be changed. In California, where I live, the Los Angeles Diocese has given millions to children who were abused. Let devout men and women save our church! – Richard S., USA

Compiled by Shant Shahrigian

Editor: Nicole Goebel