Bishop of Ardagh does not foresee major opposition if priests were allowed to marry

The Bishop of Ardagh does not believe there would be strong opposition if priests were allowed to marry.

Bishop Duffy last year issued a pastoral letter expressing his fears for the future of the church as he witnessed the continuing decline in vocations and the issues of the Catholic church being unable to fill vacancies in parishes across the country.

Francis Duffy this morning revealed there is no one studying for the priesthood in the diocese at present, 12 months on from publically expressing his concerns.


A number of non-Irish priests are successfully working within the diocese at present, and it has been suggested that one way to encourage more people into the vocation would be to allow priests to marry.

He told the Joe Finnegan show this morning that if Pope Francis was to introduce marriage for priests, it would be welcomed: