I apologize for the drive-by diary, but I read this, and it blew my mind.
I had always thought that the reason the Church claimed that its priests had to be celibate was because the Apostles were celibate, and Paul preached celibacy. But now, it turns out that apparently the Apostles were married, and not only that, their wives travelled with them while they preached.
The money quote is at the end of the article:
Claudio Hummes, a Brazilian Cardinal and close confidante of the new Pope, has made this point: "'Celibacy is a discipline, not a dogma of the Church,' Hummes was quoted as saying by the Folha de. S. Paolo newspaper. 'Certainly, the majority of the Apostles were married. In this modern age, the Church must observe these things. It has to advance with history.'" Indeed, while Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the future Pope Francis acknowledged that "the celibacy rule is simply one of tradition and is flexible."Does this portend actual change in the Church?