When it comes to the private notes of a pontiff, the world usually has to wait until they’ve died to have access to them, but Pope Francis this week made some of his personal notes public. They were about last October’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region and the debate over the ordination of married men into the priesthood, the so called viri probati. […] The note regarding the viri probati and Francis’s decision not to include them in as a possibility to address the priests’ shortage in the rain forest region was published by the Jesuit run La Civilta Cattilica, in an article written by Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, who took part in the synod and is considered a close adviser to the pontiff. The article is titled “The government of Francis: Is the driving force of the pontificate still active?” […]

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