Pope Francis

The Vatican has secret rules for the children of priests. This bombshell revelation comes from a report in The New York Times. A man whose father was a priest told the newspaper that he was shown the rules when he went to Rome in search of justice for children of ministers.

A Vatican spokesman also confirmed the rules existed. Priests are supposed to maintain a life of celibacy, but under the secret rules, a priest who fathers a child is expected to leave the priesthood and “assume his responsibilities as a parent by devoting himself exclusively to the child.”

But one Vatican official told the Times that the rules were more of a formality than an order.