Ex-Pope Benedict breaks silence on celibacy debate after synod

Former Pope Benedict has defended priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church, in a new book written with a conservative cardinal.

Benedict’s defense appears to be a strategically timed appeal to Pope Francis to not change the rules.

The Pope wrote the book, “From the Depths of Our Hearts,” with Cardinal Robert Sarah, 74, a Guinean prelate who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

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