A retired Italian cardinal says the Roman Cathoilic rule on celibacy for priests should be reconsidered.
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini says mandatory chastity for churchmen should be thought over to prevent further abuse cases by clergy and help the church regain lost trust.
In recent weeks, the Catholic church in various countries has been hit by a wave of sex scandals and cover-up allegations.
The former archbishop of Milan also says that only through an open discussion can the church regain its credibility.
Martini commented in the Sunday edition of the Austrian newspaper Die Presse.
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