|Vatican||PRIESTLY CELIBACY: A LIVING SIGN OF THE WORLD TO COME|
Pope John Paul II has urged the bishops of Cameroon to encourage their priests to be faithful to their commitment to celibacy. He was speaking to the bishops during their ad limina visit to Rome.
"In contemporary society there are many obstacles to faithfully living the commitments made on the day of ordination," he said.
But celibacy must be understood as a "total gift of self".
The Pope also offered advice to the Bishops in the event of priests having problems living their promise. The Bishops should be "brothers attentive to the difficulties" of their priests, always "ready to welcome them and to trust them," supporting them in their efforts for a holy life which, in the end, "is the most eminent way of giving testimony to the faithful."
Zenit 3:27pm 2/6/99