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Vatican reveals it has secret rules for priests who father children

Spokesman says guidelines for those who break celibacy vows will not be made public
Cardinals and bishops at a canonisation ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Photograph: Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images

The Vatican has acknowledged for the first time the existence of secret guidelines for priests who break their vows of celibacy and father children.

However, it declined to make its advice public, saying it was an internal matter. Alessandro Gisotti, a Vatican spokesman, that the

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