Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI has issued a
rare and explicit denunciation of priests who have questioned
church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying they
were being selfish in disobeying his authority.
Benedict made the criticism in his homily on Holy
Thursday, when priests recall the promises made when they were
In 2006, a group of Austrian priests launched the Pfaffer
Initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing
priestly celibacy and opening up the clergy to women to
relieve the shortages of priests.
Benedict said the dissidents claim to be motivated by
concern for the church. But he suggested that really they were
just making "a desperate push to do something to change the
church in accordance with (their) own preferences and ideas."