The seventy-two year old cardinal is viewed by some as a potential successor to Pope Benedict. His comments will be taken seriously. But two weeks ago, senior figures in the Vatican met for three hours to discuss this issue and they reaffirmed the need for solid Christian and human training.
In the Middle Ages there was no formal ban on marriage for the clergy. In fact in the early Christian Church many priests, and at least one pope, Hadrian II, had wives.
Christian Fraser, BBC News, Rome