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To: F16Fighter
Oh, I think the issue of age regarding the Church's criteria for ordaining priests is the least of it's problems at the moment. Getting anyone to believe pedophilia/homosexuality isn't running rampant from top to bottom is.

Maybe. But I still think that asking a 24 year old to take a lifelong vow of celibacy is unrealistic.

25 posted on 04/11/2002 9:23:31 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: sinkspur
Maybe. But I still think that asking a 24 year old to take a lifelong vow of celibacy is unrealistic.

No more unrealistic than a lifelong vow of monogamy.

28 posted on 04/11/2002 10:14:32 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox
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To: sinkspur
For those who can't handle the realism of the vows, they really don't have to take them, now do they? Nobody is forcing them to take the vows. It's purely volitional. If the force, is a selfish arrogant desire to hold power in a religious organization, then they shouldn't be taking the vows in the first place. Worse, it seems a large number of people who didn't take the vows to heart, made the vows, and then failed to keep them. They further then created a false church which condoned quietly the violation of vows without censure. Now the institution has become corrupted by this lackluster acceptance of corruption.

There is no temptation too great than which can be resisted. This includes lust. This definitely includes homosexuality. Yes, even pedophilia, murder and cannibalism and every form of abomination which man might be tempted to commit. They may all be resisted through Christ.

29 posted on 04/11/2002 10:18:38 PM PDT by Cvengr
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To: sinkspur
Twenty-five year olds don't know a thing about "critical self-distance."

So what? What does that have to do with a hierarchy that not only winks at homosexual abuse, it probably even participated in it?

I want to know why the hierarchy of the Catholic Church aids and abets the abuse of their flock and I want those responsible, be they directly responsible, or accessories before or after the fact to go to jail.

This book sounds like it will help me answer that question.

30 posted on 04/11/2002 10:25:50 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: sinkspur
Oh,I am so excited,I found someone who agrees with you about celibacy.It's Art Bell,he may start dealing with Martians next or the shadow people or maybe the alien abductions. His radio program is just chock full of fascinating,state of the art information and his opinions on things like celibacy might be very valuable for you to buttress your arguments for married priests.Tune him in,he goes for four hours and we are only starting the second hour.
31 posted on 04/11/2002 11:02:32 PM PDT by saradippity
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