Synod council reportedly chose against Pope’s preferred topic
[His Holiness can issue a motu proprio on his “preferred topic” apart from the synod or include it in his apostolic exhortation after the synod as part of “vocational discernment”]
Catholic World News – October 06, 2016
Pope Francis had hoped to devote the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops to discussing the possibility of married priests, but the leadership of the Synod chose a differen topic, according to one Vatican journalist.
The Vatican announced on October 6 that the next meeting of the Synod would discuss “youth, faith, and vocational discernment.” But according to Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register, Pope Francis had hoped for a session dedicated to the question of priestly celibacy and the possibility of allowing for married priests in the Latin rite. “That proposal was understood to have been voted down by the majority of members of the XIV Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops,” Pentin reports.
The Ordinary Council is composed of prelates, chosen by the members of the Synod of Bishops, who advise the Pontiff on subjects including the selection of a topic for the next Synod meeting.