On Oct. 26 The synod of bishops meeting in Rome voted to advise the pope to allow the ordination of trusted married men in the Amazon region.
They also voted for the church to protect the Amazon rainforest and its embattled indigenous people.
As a decision to accede to this request has huge implications for the universal church Pope Francis is not expected to respond quickly.
The decision on ordaining married men passed by a vote of 128-41, although the recommendation was that this should happen “in the most remote areas of the Amazon region.”
The bishops also strongly deplored the depredations caused by the greed of the outside world on the habitat and happiness of the Amazonian peoples.
For the full NCR report, by Thomas Reese, click here.