Generation Global: The Swiss nun who wants to end celibacy


Then We caused Our Messengers to follow in their footsteps; and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow them, and We gave him the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who accepted him compassion and mercy. But monasticism which they invented for themselves — We did not prescribe it for them — for the seeking of Allah’s pleasure; but they did not observe it with due observance. Yet We gave those of them who believed their due reward, but many of them are rebellious. (Al Quran 57:27/28)


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Source: Swiss Info

Florentina Camartin is a retired nun who took a vow of celibacy. When the young priest in her eastern Swiss community had to leave the church for love, she began her crusade for celibacy reform.

“When priests have to give up work we have parishes without a priest, and a parish without a priest is like a flock without a shepherd,” she says.

“Now’s the time to do something.”

So she started collecting signatures from people in her church community in favour of liberalising celibacy rules in the Roman Catholic Church. Thousands supported her, and she had the petition translated into Italian to show to the Pope. She’s now trying to find someone who can get it to him.

“It must reach him, he must see it,” she says.

Whether anything changes remains to be seen, but Camartin says that at least she will have done all she can to keep young priests in the church.

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4 replies

  1. According to the New Testament and in the early church, many bishops and priests were married. Prior to the middle of the tenth century, all priests were allowed to marry.

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