The Guardian

Vatican reveals it has secret rules for priests who father children

Spokesman says guidelines for those who break celibacy vows will not be made public
Cardinals and bishops at a canonisation ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Photograph: Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images

The Vatican has acknowledged for the first time the existence of secret guidelines for priests who break their vows of celibacy and father children.

However, it declined to make its advice public, saying it was an internal matter. Alessandro Gisotti, a Vatican spokesman, that the

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Guardian

The Guardian6 min read
For The Record: David Cameron's Memoir Is Honest But Still Wrong
The former prime minister gives a truthful account of errors – but unknowingly makes a few more
The Guardian3 min read
Economists Calculate Monetary Value Of 'Thoughts And Prayers'
US study finds Christians are willing to pay for prayers – but atheists will pay to avoid them
The Guardian3 min read
Hong Kong Protests: Government Fails To Find PR Firm To Rescue Battered Image
The Hong Kong government has tried but failed to secure help from any of the global public relations firms it has approached to salvage the financial hub’s tarnished reputation, as anti-government protests continued to wreak havoc months into its dee