The Madeleine Brand Show for January 4, 2012

Los Angeles bishop admits he has children, resigns

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Pope Benedict XVI attends Palm Sunday Mass in Vatican City.

Pope Benedict XVI today accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles bishop. Bishop Gabino Zavala confessed last month to the Pope that he has two children. At the same time, the church is waiving the celibacy rule for some Episcopal priests if they decide to convert to Catholicism. This would allow them to be ordained as Catholic priests even if they are married. John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the preeminent reporter for the Vatican beat, will join the show to explain.


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