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To: dangus
Ah, so I see that you've answered the question which I posed in Post #69 (no pun intended). I have to give your response a little more thought but I think I agree with you - homosexuality is a behavior and therefore a homosexual (if we want to use that word) is one who has sex with a member of their own gender. A homosexual (or sodomite) is not someone who is simply attracted to others of their gender - it is someone who is acting on those impulses.

By the way, it's not just the Catholic church that thinks homosexuality is denounced in scripture - anyone reading the Bible can plainly see that it is vehemently denounced. As far celibacy goes, this is not something that is mandated for priest in scripture at all. As a matter of fact, the Jewish priests were required to be married. Sexual desires were not something to be suppressed - they were just supposed to be channeled into the natural and healthy and prescribed outlet. Celibacy is just an idea Rome got that has nothing to do with the Bible.
78 posted on 12/13/2004 11:10:57 AM PST by Asfarastheeastisfromthewest...
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To: Asfarastheeastisfromthewest...

>> As far celibacy goes, this is not something that is mandated for priest in scripture at all. <<

Well, actually Paul DOES recommend chastity for those who are capable of controlling their passions and wish to devote their lives to the service of Christ. The Roman Catholic Church's Western (Latin) Patriarchy, in its prudence, decided that it would be best to choose such people for the priesthood. The matter is strictly prudential, and is not doctrine. But it is a prudence which adheres to the advice of St. Paul.

At the same time, the Catholic Church has emphasized that one need not be a priest to demonstarte devotion to God. Men and women who chose parenthood over the "religious life" have been made canonical saints (a recognition that they have placed service God above all else in their lives). But a father must place the needs of those whom God has entrusted to him through parenthood and the sacrament of marriage above the needs of everyone else, and so the Western Church deems it best to select those who have placed parochial ministry above all else.

What IS truly tragic is the notion, which was apparently commonly held among religious Catholic homophiles in America that being a priest is a fall-back position for those who are incapable of marriage.


104 posted on 12/13/2004 11:58:53 AM PST by dangus
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