Will the Catholic Church allow priests to marry?

CREATED Sep 12, 2013

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ROME - There are signs from Rome that the Catholic Church could be considering allowing priests to marry.

Pope Francis' number two man at the Vatican claims the pontiff may be willing to discuss the change.

Nobody expects to see married priests anytime soon, but former Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan, now cardinal of New York, says he's open to discussion.

According to the Center for Applied Research, the Catholic Church has seen a significant decline in its number of priests over the last 50 years. The number has dropped from 60,000 to around 39,000.