**This in the case with celibacy. It stands as a sign of the Kingdom of God which is to come and where there will be no marriage. This witness, by priests of the Western Church, is deemed so valuable that men who cannot bear it are excluded from the ministry.
People make the mistake, however, of seeing celibacy only as a prohibition for physical intimacy. If this were so it would be no more than a biological act of will power akin to ones attempt at dieting.**
Some people don’t put out the entire article. Sad.
posted on 08/03/2013 3:17:50 PM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
Because of this the church has tried to screen out homosexual persons from the priesthood. The all-male environment of seminaries and the ordained priesthood afford a safe-haven for homosexuals. Men with same-sex attraction, under the cover of celibacy, can easily date and engage in couple type activities without raising an eyebrow. For example, homosexual clergy can go out to dinner; certainly innocuous in itself. However, if a straight priest attempts this with a woman tongues will wag. And, if it is a repeated occurrence he will find himself in the bishops office with a stern warning that his behavior is scandalous to the faithful and dangerous to his vocation.
Very valid observation...No different to have a heterosexual leaning priest to move in with a bunch of nuns; even using the same restroom facilities as the nuns...Torture the celibate priest with temptation...
posted on 08/03/2013 3:56:43 PM PDT
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