Dissenting Italian priests respond to the rejection of Pope Paul VI allowing priests to marry. Bishops voted to preserve clerical celibacy in the Second Vatican Council according to the pope's wishes, but many priests and lay members are deeply disappointed. In particular, they reject the idea that celibacy is necessary to uphold one's vow of poverty.
According to the dissenting priests:
"The Pope claims the 'great majority' are with him, but we believe they are with us. With no lack of respect for the Holy Father, we claim that our views are based on direct experience, while his stand on rather settled, never fresh evidence.
We observe bitterly that the topmost clergy lead a middle class life, or even better religious communities have thousands of acres of land, huge properties, accounts in foreign banks, industrial shares and cars in their yards...they leave the vow of poverty to the ordinary clergy."