When not writing for NCR, Christa Pongratz-Lippitt is Austrian correspondent for the London-based weekly Catholic magazine The Tablet.

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Pope Francis discusses married priests, women deacons with German newspaper

The church needs to discuss the ordination of proven married men as the lack of vocations has become an "enormous" problem, Pope Francis told the German weekly Die Zeit.

Cardinal Ravasi: Women deacons 'a possibility,' fixation on women's ordination 'clerical'

"Why don't we start talking about other important church functions that women could take on?" the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture asked in a recent interview.

German priests: open the priesthood to women, make priestly celibacy voluntary

In an open letter, 11 German priests from the Cologne archdiocese have urged the church to take action regarding women's ordination and priestly celibacy.

Brazil may soon have married priests, says Leonardo Boff

Brazilian bishops have requested allowing married priests to resume priestly ministry in an "experimental, preliminary" move to counteract the country's priest shortage "catastrophe," says liberation theologian Boff.