A German priest is making a direct appeal to Pope Francis to have his vow of celibacy waived, arguing he has a "human right to partnership."
Father Stefan Hartmann publicly admitted earlier this year to having fathered a child in 1989, eight years after he took the vow in 1989.
Hartmann, 59, recently wrote a letter to the Vatican asking to stay in the priesthood without being celibate.
He asked for a waiver “in acknowledgement of my weaknesses and failures, with all due humility and after long consideration of my conscience and personal situation.”
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He also said revoking the celibacy vow would “bring solutions and relief in many cases,” invoking his “human right to partnership, marriage and stating a family.”
Hartmann supports abolishing the celibacy vow for all priests, which he said will boost the Church’s numbers.