Britain's top cardinal says priests should be allowed to marry if they wish
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The top Roman Catholic priest in England has said that he believed that priests should be allowed to marry if they wished to. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who will be part of the council that chooses the next Pope following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, said that it was clear that many priests struggled to cope with celibacy, and should be able to marry and have children, BBC News reports.
Although O'Brien, who is also the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, said that issues like abortion and euthanasia can never be accepted by the Church, he added that it would within the reach of the new Pope to consider whether the Roman Catholic Church should change its stance on other issues, which were not of 'divine origin', like marriage.
According to O'Brien, who is the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Jesus Christ did not say whether priests should remain celibate or get married, which made the issue 'non-divine'.