Unlikely Catholic Church Reformer Tours U.S.

Father Helmut Schuller, at WBUR's studios (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Father Helmut Schuller, at WBUR’s studios (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — While reforming the Catholic Church has long been a topic of debate, there is a growing group of unlikely reformers — about 400 priests. They’re calling on the church to take steps — such as allowing women and married people into the priesthood — to deal with the shortage of priests.

One of the group’s leaders is an Austrian priest, Father Helmut Schuller.

Schuller was scheduled to speak at a Catholic church in Dedham Wednesday night but Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley banned him from speaking on church property. So he’ll be at a Unitarian church in Dedham instead.

We sat down with Schuller and asked him why he’s on this 15-city U.S. tour.

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