The Vatican is considering allowing the ordination of older married men of proven character to make up for the short-fall in priests serving the communities in the Amazon basin. This, it is said, will not undo nor reverse the Church's view on the need for celibacy in the priesthood, rather it's a pragmatic response to a situation where a married priest is better than no priest at all ... For trads like me, the question is simple: Is celibacy a must, or conditional? If conditional, and this pragmatic response is in the face of declining numbers, then if a married priest can act in persona Christi, then why the demand for celibacy? In Ireland, 9 out of 10 people believe priests should be allowed to marry. My mum, who served as something of a housekeeper/PA for in at least three parishes, believed priests should be allowed to marry. The RCC should adopt the Orthodox pattern. and the sooner the better.