Vatican reaffirms value of celibacy for priests

Thursday, November 16th 2006, 10:00 am
By: News On 6

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ The Vatican on Thursday reaffirmed the value of celibacy for priests after a summit led by Pope Benedict XVI that was spurred by a married African archbishop who has been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.

``The value of the choice of priestly celibacy, according to Catholic tradition, has been reaffirmed,'' the Vatican said in a brief statement summing up the three-hour meeting of top Vatican prelates.