The Vatican has suggested that it is considering allowing married priests in the Amazon areas, common with South America countries.
The decision could birth an unprecedented move, which may pave the way for similar reforms in other parts of the world.
There have been reports of shortage of Catholic priests in the jungles, swamps and townships of the Amazon Basin, where indigenous people numbered to be around 30 million in population live.
The area extends through the boundaries of nine countries, including from Peru to Bolivia to Brazil and Surinam.
In the attempt to address the challenge, the Vatican released a document on Monday, in which it said the Catholic Church should consider allowing married men to become priests in remote areas.
It said the men would be older, respected members of the community and would not have to leave their family to be ordained.
The move, which is reportedly supported by Pope Francis, would though compromise the church’s policy that priests must not have sex.
The idea will be deliberated upon at a meeting of bishops, who are laboured with debating pastoral and environmental issues in the Amazon, which will hold in Rome in October.
“While affirming that celibacy is a gift for the Church, there have been requests that, for the most remote areas of the region, (the Church) studies the possibility of conferring priestly ordination on elderly men, preferably indigenous, respected and accepted members of their communities,” the document said.
That area of the continent is said to be so large that some Catholic communities barely see a priest for months, which deprives them from church activities such as attending Mass or giving a confession.
However, Conservatives fear that the move, if adopted for the region, would be dangerous for the church, and that it would encourage other parts of the Catholic world to ask for the same dispensation.
“What is unprecedented is that this is the first time that the Vatican has proposed, in a synod document, that married men should be ordained,” Austen Ivereigh, a Vatican expert, told The Telegraph.
“If there is consensus at the synod, then it would be put to the Pope.”