Pope Francis has indicated that he is open to the idea of married men being ordained priests in the Roman Catholic Church, saying "the issue is in my diary," the Catholic News website reports today (February 22, 2015).
Francis was quoted by priests from the Diocese of Rome who met with him at the Vatican on February 19.
According to the Italian bishops' paper, L'Avvenire, the Pope addressed the issue of married priests. A priest and theologian who supports the ordination of married men, Giovanni Cereti, recalled the case of Greek Orthodox Churches and Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite, where married men can be ordained priests, unlike the Latin Rite. In his reply, Francis said "the issue is in my diary."
Another priest who was at the meeting recalled Francis' words as: "I would not store this question in an archive."