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  • Vatican’s firing of gay priest puts “Who am I to Judge” to the test

    10/03/2015 4:47:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | October 3, 2015 | Stephen White
    Today, on the eve of the Synod on the Family, a Polish priest who works–or rather, worked–in the Vatican decided to announce that he’s gay and has a partner. In an interview with “Corriere della Sera,” Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa said: I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay priest who is happy, and proud of his identity. I’m prepared to pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes, and realised that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman. Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa Set aside, for a moment,...

    One must understand that mandatory celibacy is not taught in the Bible, nor was it practiced by the apostles. This teaching developed as an integral part of the evolving papal system and gradually became essential to it. The concern was not morality, for celibacy proved to be a veritable cornucopia of evil. In fact, the rule of celibacy was not the prohibition of sex but of marriage. Pope Alexander II (1061-73), for example, refused to discipline a priest who had committed adultery with his father's second wife because he hadn't committed the sin of matrimony. That was the great evil...
  • Catholics will no longer be fired from their jobs for divorce or homosexuality

    05/07/2015 11:44:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    Pulse.NG ^ | Oge Okonkwo
    As part of the reforms prompted by Pope Francis, Germany's Roman Catholic Church has decided that lay Catholic employees who divorce and remarry or form gay civil unions should no longer automatically lose their jobs. According to Christian Today, Catholic Bishops have voted to adjust Church labour law "to the multiple changes in legal practice, legislation and society" so employee lifestyles should not affect their status in the country's many Catholic schools, hospitals and social services. It was gathered that the change came as the worldwide Catholic Church debates loosening its traditional rejection of remarriage after a divorce and of...
  • A Critical Consideration of The Case for Clerical Celibacy (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/20/2015 1:41:44 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    East to West ^ | unknown | Dr. Anthony T. Dragani
    Although the general populace is unaware of it, during the past decade a new effort has been underway to defend the Roman Catholic practice of mandatory priestly celibacy. Putting aside the traditional sociological arguments that we are all familiar with, these new defenders argue for the discipline based primarily on historical grounds. Although their writings have not reached a broad audience, they have found a committed following in some Catholic circles. Normally I would not concern myself with a defense of the Roman Catholic discipline of mandatory celibacy. After all, it is their tradition and they certainly have a right...
  • Pope Francis: "The issue of married priests is in my agenda."

    02/19/2015 2:22:29 PM PST · by NRx · 40 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | Feb 19 2015 | Repubblica:
    VATICAN CITY - The event took place on Tuesday, February 10, but the Pope made it known only today during the meeting with the clergy of Rome. During the regular mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Bergoglio faced the issue of the marriage of priests. At the celebration, there were seven preiests who were celebrating their 50th anniversary of priesthood, but also five priests who left the ministry due to marriage. Following the question of one of the priests who were present, Fr. Giovanni Cereti, on the issue of married priests (in which was recalled the case of the Eastern...
  • Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

    12/19/2014 7:59:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-18-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again when I write on Holy Matrimony, especially the Church’s more staunch biblical teachings (indissolubility, no contraception, etc.), someone will inevitably write in with a kind of sneer and wonder at or even laugh at a celibate man advising married people about marriage. To be sure, inner experience of something has its place, but so does external observance. I remember as a youth that my swimming coach, who was out of the water, would often correct us if our form was wrong, and advise us...
  • Some with Same-Sex Attraction Choose Celibacy – A Reflection on an Article in the Washington Post

    12/15/2014 7:48:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some with Same-Sex Attraction Choose Celibacy – A Reflection on an Article in the Washington Post By: Msgr. Charles PopeA little over a year ago, I wrote an article asking and answering this question: What Does the Catholic Church Offer for those with Same-Sex Attraction? And the answer is, “the truth.” It is the same gift we offer anyone who will give us the gift of attention and presence. The truth, as revealed by God, is what we offer and celebrate along with the Sacraments, the communal life, and prayer.Of course the truth we offer in terms of human sexuality...
  • Priestly Celibacy and the Demise of Marriage

    11/28/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 28, 2014 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    Fr. Richard John Neuhaus used to call it “the parish paper,” a gentle barb at the pretensions of the self-described “paper of record,” but also, I think, a subtle pastoral hand extended to those who think they get all the advice they need when they look in the mirror.Yes, I’m talking about the New York Times, which just ran a discussion group on dropping the celibacy requirement for Catholic clergy. It was a “usual suspects” sort of panel, with the balance one would expect. Of 7 panelists 4 were in favor of married priests, one argued both for and...
  • Gay, Christian and … celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate

    08/05/2014 7:44:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 08/04/2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical church where she assumed being gay wasn’t an option. “With ex-gay ministries, it gave me the space to be honest about my sexuality,” said Rodgers, now 28. Yet that same honesty eventually led her away from ex-gay ministries. Rodgers spent several years in Exodus, the now-defunct ex-gay ministry, before deciding she couldn’t become straight after trying to date men. Instead, she has chosen celibacy. When Exodus shut down in...
  • What Pope Francis Meant to Say about the Origin of Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 4:52:15 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 107 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/13/2017 | David L. Gray (יוסף דוד)‎
    The third installment in Pope Francis’ series of interviews with atheist reporter Eugenio Scalfari took place on Thursday, July 10, 2014, and was published the following Sunday (07/13/14) in La Repubblica daily. Being that Scalfari doesn’t record these interviews on tape, but, rather, re-prints the dialogue based upon his memory of the interview, we can only say what the Pope Francis ‘allegedly’ said in them. One of the things that the Pope allegedly told Scalfari is that he wants to continue these interviews is because he “believes that an interview with a non-believer is mutually stimulating.” Typical of Scalfari’s interviews,...
  • Pope Reportedly Promises "Solutions" to Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 331 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7/13/14 | AFP
    Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the VaticanVATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican. Interviewed by Italy's La Repubblica daily, Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the Church and cited his aides as saying that...
  • Celibacy

    06/22/2014 2:42:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 415 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | June 22, 2014 | Kristina Johannes
    A common criticism of the Catholic Church’s teachings on sexual morality has to do with the largely unmarried clergy who are charged with preaching the message.  The accepted wisdom is that celibate males have no business telling married couples how to live their lives: “What do they know about the subject?”   I remember a particularly egregious example. In 1974, Earl Butz, then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, ridiculed Pope Paul VI’s opposition to contraception, “He no playa the game, he no maka the rules.” He later apologized, but in reality he was only saying publicly what many, including many Catholics, were saying...
  • European court narrowly affirms Catholic religious freedom

    06/13/2014 5:42:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | June 13, 2014
    Judges of the European Court of Human Rights. Credit: Council of Europe. Strasbourg, France, Jun 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the European Court of Human Rights has allowed a bishop to set standards for Catholic religion teachers in Spain, some say the threat of government interference still gives cause for concern. “If government can dictate who teaches a particular religion, then government can dictate what the content of that religion is,” Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the U.S.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said June 12. Rassbach, an expert consultant with third parties who intervened in...
  • ‘The door is always open’: Celibacy for priests not unchangeable dogma, Pope Francis says

    06/11/2014 9:04:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | 06/11/2014
    ROME — Pope Francis says he believes that Roman Catholic priests should be celibate but the rule was not an unchangeable dogma and “the door is always open” to change. Francis made similar comments when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires but his remarks to reporters on a plane returning from a Middle East trip were the first he has made since becoming pope. “Celibacy is not a dogma,” he said Monday in answer to a question about whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian Churches. “It is a...
  • Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy (Pope John XXIII)

    04/26/2014 1:14:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | April 25, 2014 | Father Brian Van Hove, S.J.
    Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy Angelo Roncalli and Priestly Celibacy | Fr. Brian Van Hove, S.J. | Ignatius Insight (Note: The following was originally posted on Ignatius Insight in June 2008.) Since his death on June 3, 1963, many biographies and studies of Pope John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli) have appeared. In the month of his death was the article of Roger Aubert, "Jean XXIII: Un 'pape de transition' qui marquera dans l'histoire". The same year, and revised in 1981, is Leone Algisi's John the Twenty-Third / Giovanni XXIII. In 1965 there appeared that of Edward Elton Young Hales, Pope...
  • (N)ew Presbyterian Church Moderator sparks row by telling gay people to stop having sex (N. Ireland)

    02/07/2014 12:00:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 06 February 2014 | Rebecca Black
    The new leader of the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland has angered the gay community just a day after his election by saying they should stay celibate. Rev. Dr. Michael Barry (63) takes charge of the Presbyterian Church in June following his election as Moderator earlier on Tuesday. […] “We welcome all people into the Church, but we would have a problem with those who are involved in a gay relationship because we believe the Bible teaches that is against the word of God,” he said. “We would encourage people who are gay to live a celibate life.” …
  • The New Homophiles (Chaste in thought-word-deed, against "Gay Marriage", --- and proud?)

    12/21/2013 9:38:09 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 140 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 20, 2013 | Austin Ruse
    [Prefatory notes] † Defining and using terms in this debate is fraught with difficulties. Gay can be a political term of the sexual left. Many consider homosexual to be pejorative. Then there is “same-sex attracted.” I am using “gay” out of deference to the good people I am writing about. †† Homophile was the term used for gay groups in the 1950s and 60s, prior to the birth of the modern gay rights movement. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -...
  • Former Catholic Priest Says Celibacy Is 'Self-Destructive'

    11/19/2013 3:04:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2013 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV
    A former Roman Catholic priest who left the church and got married has described the celibacy requirement for priests as "self-destructive," an argument which Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called "pure rubbish." "Why Thomas Groome would enter the priesthood counting on the Catholic Church to change its teaching on celibacy suggests bad judgment: no one would join a vegetarian association hoping it would soon allow for the consumption of hot dogs," Donohue told The Christian Post on Tuesday. "In any event, I am delighted he found happiness when he married, but his notions about...
  • Will the pope OK married priests?

    09/18/2013 3:41:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Bonfire of the Vanities ^ | September 18, 2013 | FR MARTIN FOX
    Last week, the newly appointed Vatican Secretary of State made news when, in answer to a question about the Church's ancient practice of priestly (and episcopal) celibacy, acknowledged that this was not a dogma, and it was certainly possible to discuss a change in this discipline. The news media predictably made much of this; and for a lot of folks, this seemed to be something new.'s not. I think, if you were to do an Internet search, you'd find that similar comments have been made by someone "high up" in the Church during the reign of the last three...
  • Vatican’s number 2: Priest celibacy up for discussion

    09/14/2013 9:37:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 12, 2013 | Caroline May
    The Vatican’s new secretary of state, Archbishop Pietro Parolin said this week that the issue of priest celibacy is not dogma and is therefore up for discussion. “It’s not a church dogma and it can be discussed because it is a church tradition,” Parolin told the Venezuelan El Universal, according to a translation by the National Catholic Reporter. “The work the church did to institute ecclesiastical celibacy must be considered,” said Parolin, who will officially assume the role of secretary of state in October. “We cannot simply say that it is part of the past. It is a great challenge...
  • Group of Christian leaders step forward to tell of battles with same-sex attraction

    09/03/2013 7:48:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 03Sept13 | Peter Saunders
    After Steve Chalke and Rob Bell joined the ‘Accepting Evangelicals’ Group in affirming faithful same-sex erotic relationships earlier this year a new group of ‘post-gay’ evangelical Christian leaders has emerged. Their testimonies are clear, powerful, hugely encouraging and most welcome at a time when many young evangelicals are genuinely confused about the issue. These are men in pastoral ministry who admit to feelings of same sex attraction but who also see the Bible’s prohibitions on same-sex relationships as non-negotiable. The core of this new group, recently interviewed by Christianity magazine, are Sam Alberry, a church leader in Maidenhead, Sean Doherty,...
  • Do the Pope’s Remarks Undermine Celibacy?

    08/03/2013 3:02:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 2, 2013 | Fr. Michael P. Orsi
    .... Therefore, Francis is being naive when, he says, referring to the alleged presence of a lobby of gay priests within the Vatican ranks “that the problem isn’t having the orientation. The problem is making the lobby.” The fact is, that any group with a strong common identity is a natural lobby which effects an organization. ....Pope Francis’s remarks have implications for the church far beyond a pastoral approach to homosexual priests.
  • How Celibate Gay Christians Deal With Desire

    05/24/2013 8:24:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Live Science ^ | 05/24/2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    Between the faction of gay Christians who are happy with their sexual identity and "ex-gays," who say they've removed their homosexual yearnings, is a third group that gets little attention. These so-called Side B Christians identify as gay and believe it's not sinful to do so. But because they see acting on their orientation as ungodly, they commit to a life of celibacy. Now, for the first time, a sociologist has taken an in-depth look at what makes Side Bs tick, particularly how they navigate their same-sex desires and their awkward position as stuck in the middle of ex-gay groups...
  • Homosexuality Incompatible With Priesthood

    02/24/2013 9:50:05 AM PST · by Gluteus Maximus · 140 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11-24-2010 | John Travis
    "Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation. Otherwise, celibacy itself would lose its meaning as a renunciation. It would be extremely dangerous if celibacy became a sort of pretext for bringing people into the priesthood who don't want to get married anyway," the pope said. The pope cited a 2005 Vatican document that drew a sharp line against priestly ordination of homosexuals. He said the document emphasized that homosexual candidates cannot become priests because their sexual orientation interferes with "the proper sense of paternity" that belongs to the priesthood. The pope said it was important to select priestly candidates very...
  • CELIBACY AND THE PRIESTHOOD - 30 Questions and Answers

    01/27/2013 1:46:13 PM PST · by NYer · 79 replies
    zna ^ | January 25, 2013 | John Flynn, LC
    ROME, January 25, 2013 ( Why can’t priests marry? It’s a question people often ask and the requirement of celibacy has also been blamed as one of the causes of sexual abuse by priests.A recently published translation of an Italian book addresses the topic in a question and answer format, “Married Priests? Thirty Crucial Questions about Celibacy” (Ignatius Press). It is edited by Arturo Cattaneo, with contributions from a wide variety of scholars.We are faced with a great educational challenge in explaining the Church’s teaching on priestly celibacy, admitted Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.He likened...
  • Catholic Church and Castro in cahoots to ‘eradicate’ homosexuals? MSNBC pundit’s incoherent rant

    01/04/2013 2:43:09 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 3, 2013 | HILARY WHITE
    Lawrence O'Donnell ROME, January 3, 2013 ( – Readers may be surprised to hear that Jesus Christ was the first socialist; every word of every article in the Vatican newspaper is “virtually dictated” personally by Pope Benedict; every country in Europe – indeed in the whole world – is socialist; the Catholic Church “thrives” under socialist regimes; and Fidel Castro’s mass murdering regime is on a moral par with the Catholic Church because they both allegedly want to “eradicate” homosexuals. All of these assertions have come from the mouth of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who recorded a strange and confused 3.5...
  • Waiting till the wedding night – getting married the right way

    09/15/2012 12:00:12 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 122 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-14-12 | Steven Crowder
    As anyone who’s read my abstinence column here at Fox News Opinion could guess, my wedding is something that I’ve looked forward to for quite some time. After having tied the knot at the end of August, I can now say beyond all shadow of a doubt, that it was everything I’d hoped and prayed that it would be since childhood. (I’d also prayed to be bitten by a radioactive spider and develop sticky hands, but… I was an idiot.) Let me preface this column by saying this: my wife (I have to get used to saying that) and I...
  • Catholic Priest Admits 14-Year Gay Marriage, Says Forced Celibacy Leads to Abuse

    09/10/2012 8:51:49 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 116 replies
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | July 11,2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Father Bernard Lynch, a homosexual Catholic priest and activist known for defying Vatican teachings, has once again challenged the Roman Catholic Church by revealing that he has been married to a man for the past 14 years. Lynch also blames teachings on celibacy for the child sex abuse cases gripping the Catholic Church.
  • Married man becomes Maine's newest Catholic priest {Ecumenical}

    06/26/2012 3:50:51 AM PDT · by Cronos · 60 replies
    WGME 13 ^ | 25 June 2012 | APNews Now
    Maine's newest Roman Catholic priest has a wife and four grown children. Sixty-two-year-old David Affleck of York was ordained this month under a 1980 papal provision that allows former married Episcopal clergy to become priests in the Catholic church. When ordained at Portland's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Affleck became only the third married man to join the Catholic priesthood in Maine since the 1980 papal provision. He is now the only married Catholic priest. Church officials say only a handful of former married Episcopal clergy are ordained as Catholic priests in the U.S. each year. Affleck tells the Portland...
  • Hayes Panel Plays 'Celibate Men Lack Moral Authority' Card on Catholic Priest

    02/11/2012 6:49:52 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Suffer me to begin with a suggestion: if you ever have the chance to hear the Rev. William Dailey of Notre Dame law school speak, jump on it. Dailey is a stunningly brilliant advocate, among the best I have ever encountered on any issue. Dailey appeared on today's Up With Chris Hayes on MSNBC, where he masterfully made the case against the Obama administration's order forcing Catholic institutions to provide services that violate their moral principles. Predictably, the panel resorted to an ad hominem argument against him. Panelist Michaela Angela David implicitly, and Hayes himself explicitly, argued that celibate Catholic...
  • Catholic Priests, Celibacy, and the Marriage Loophole

    01/11/2012 8:53:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Religious Dispatches ^ | 01/11/2012 | Sara Ritchey
    Once again, the sex lives of Catholic clergy are seeing a flurry of media attention. During the first week of 2012, Los Angeles Bishop Gabino Zavala announced his resignation after acknowledging that he had fathered two children with the same woman. Zavala’s announcement trailed just a few days behind the appointment, on January 1, of Jeffrey Steenson as the chief pastor of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Steenson is a married Catholic priest. His new position as head of the Ordinariate confers upon him all of the duties of a Catholic bishop, with the exception of the...
  • Why Virginity Matters

    10/25/2011 1:48:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    I always used to pause at that oft-used description of the saints. The martyr part made sense. But why virgin? To make it a point to highlight that aspect of a person’s life seemed a little…personal. To use internet parlance, it struck me as TMI. I knew that the problem must be with me, and not with a tradition of the 2,000-year-old Church, but I never could figure out why that designation was so important. Then I began to notice something: Our society has lost the concept that it is possible to live a fulfilling life without having sex. And...
  • Turning to a Support Group to Deal With Celibacy

    10/15/2011 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 14th 2011 | Debra Weiner
    Publicly, he is a religious brother with a Roman Catholic order. Privately, although he took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, he said, at 23 he was a sex addict, anonymously cruising bars, parks and Cook County Forest Preserves for quick hookups. Six years ago, his superiors found out and encouraged him to seek help. He agreed readily and spent the next six months in intense therapy at a residential treatment clinic north of Toronto for male and female church ministers with psychological and addiction problems. Brother Patrick has been chaste ever since (his real name is being withheld because...
  • Celibacy and Priesthood by Lea Part Three

    10/13/2011 2:29:59 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 5 replies
    History of Sacerdotal Celibacy in the Christian Church vol. 2, 3rd. ed. revised, BiblioLife | 1907 | Henry Charles Lea
    Historian Henry Charles Lea, after documenting the clerical excesses of the fifteenth century passes on to the Reformation in Germany. Luther was only one of many reformers and the sale of indulgences to wayward priests proved to be fuel for the fires of the Reformation. There is a section devoted to Calvinism, to the Council of Trent in it's deliberations and efforts at reform, to the clerical abuse in the New World. In the concluding chapter, The Church Today, (of pre WWI) Lea's comments would fit seamlessly into today's headlines as he says speaking of the Catholic church's struggles with...
  • Celibacy and Priesthood by Lea - Part Two

    10/11/2011 6:28:28 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 7 replies
    History of Sacerdotal Celibacy in the Christian Church, third ed., revised,. reprint by BiblioLife | 1907 | Henry Charles Lea
    In the four hundred plus years that passed since Peter Damian delivered his treatise on clerical homosexuality to Pope Leo Councils had been called to deal with the vices enumerated by Damian and others calling for reform. The Council of Constance that ended in the spring of 1418 was called to address these vices including simony, concubinage and, as Lea points out, the sleeves of priestly garb. Writes Lea in chapter 24, "As regards heresy, it did the best it could according to the lights of its age, by burning John Huss and Jerome of Prague." and "The council closed...
  • Celibact and Priesthood by Lea

    10/11/2011 1:36:11 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 37 replies
    History of Sacerdotal Celibacy in the Christian Church reprint by Bibliolife | 1907 | Henry Charles Lea
    Henry Charles Lea was a remarkable historian. Largely self taught and meticulous in his work, he produced a detailed and lavishly footnoted history of the medieval period. Anyone who speaks to the subject of priestly celibacy today should first become familiar with this two volume work, History of Sacerdotal Celibacy in the Christian Church, published in 1907, third ed., revised, and reprinted by BiblioLife. To that end I'll post, in several parts, some excerpts from this work beginning with Vol.2 and unless otherwise noted all quotes are from this volume that begins with chapter 24, The Fifteenth Century. Lea begins...
  • Vatican asks bishops to create ministry roles for priests who left to marry (Catholic Caucus)

    10/08/2011 2:09:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Beliefnet ^ | October 7, 2011 | Rob Kerby
    Facing a growing shortage of priests, the Roman Catholic Church is turning to former priests who left their callings to get married.While the “dispensed” priests won’t be allowed to take confessions or celebrate mass — they will be asked to serve as teachers and lay workers in such roles as helping serve communion to the congregation, roles already filled by lay members of local congregations.“The Vatican has appealed to diocesan bishops to encourage priests who have left ministry in order to get married to play a more active role in parish life,” reports Catholic Herald magazine, which reports that Cardinal...
  • Top Irish Catholic cleric calls for church to end celibacy for priests

    10/03/2011 11:58:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CNN Belief ^ | 09/13/2011 | Peter Taggart
    Belfast, Northern Ireland (CNN) – A respected former Catholic bishop in Ireland is calling for an end to clerical celibacy in the wake of the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church worldwide, and says he finds it "heartbreaking" that some prospective priests turn away from the calling because of the celibacy rule. In his recently published book, "A Troubled See, Memoirs of a Derry Bishop," Dr. Edward Daly said that allowing clergymen to marry would ease many of the church's problems. There needs to be a place in the modern Catholic church for a married priesthood, said Daly,...
  • Fallen 9/11 priest emerges as an icon for gay Catholics (Catholic Caucus)

    08/27/2011 1:21:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    America Magazine ^ | August 26, 2011 | MICHAEL O'LOUGHLIN
    Fr. Mychal Judge, the fallen chaplain of the Fire Department of New York City, will be honored with a statue in front of his former parish, according to a story from Religion News Services (via The Huffington Post):When All Saints Church sought to signal its hospitality to gays and lesbians, the Catholic parish in Syracuse, N.Y., turned to a well-known image from the 9/11 attacks: five firefighters carrying a body from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.The body belonged to the Rev. Mychal Judge, a Franciscan fire chaplain who rushed to the burning buildings and was killed by falling...
  • Artists Embrace Celibacy

    08/11/2011 7:00:09 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 6 replies
    The Winston Review ^ | August 11, 2011 | -TWR-
    “Celibacy has existed in one form or another throughout history and in virtually all the major religions of the world,” informs Encyclopedia Britannica. Whether it is for spiritual or health reasons – perhaps both – some creative types have embraced celibacy for years: Teen idols Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas Pop singer/songwriter Prince Rock star Lenny Kravitz (above) Actor Terrance Howard Writer Eve Tushnet For some artists, celibacy is seasonal. For others, a long-term commitment. Nevertheless, supporters say abstaining is often beneficial. With the support and guidance of a faith, it can also guard against diseases. Artists stand out probably...
  • "Gay, Catholic, and Doing Fine" (Yes, it's hard to be gay and Catholic)

    07/19/2011 5:26:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    LittleCatholicBubble ^ | July 12, 2011
    Steve Gershom (a pseudonym) is a gay Catholic man in his late twenties. His blog,, has been around for some months, but he has just decided to make it public. It's original, funny, poignant -- and culturally important. You can also find him on Twitter as stevegershom. I am profoundly grateful to Steve for agreeing to write this post for the Bubble. +++++++ When Leila asked me to write about gay marriage, the first thing I found out was how little I know about it. If I wanted to say anything coherent, I'd have to have definite beliefs about some deeper,...
  • Academics Investigate Priestly Abuse

    05/26/2011 9:33:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 23, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Their description of the perpetrators of abuse might strike some as hairsplitting. “Less than 5 percent of the priests with allegations of abuse exhibited behavior consistent with a diagnosis of pedophilia (a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by recurrent fantasies, urges, and behaviors about prepubescent children),” they note. “Thus, it is inaccurate to refer to abusers as ‘pedophile priests.’” But their explanation is not very comforting. “Most sexual abuse victims of priests (51 percent) were between the ages of eleven and fourteen
  • President Tells Pope How to Reform Church (No, not that president)

    06/16/2010 10:00:21 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 2 replies · 230+ views
    TFP ^ | 6/10/2010 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    A rather unexpected voice just joined the chorus of the liberal media outcry over sex scandals among some Catholic clergymen: none other than Evo Morales, Bolivia’s socialist and neopagan president. A Neopagan Socialist... Indeed, Mr. Morales, leader of the Movement to Socialism, figured he should teach the Pope how things in the Church ought to be run. For those who may not know, he was inaugurated President of Bolivia in 2006 using indigenous pagan rituals.1 The Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos, of Cochabamba (6/20/2006), described the ceremony: “Evo Morales assumed political power with a spectacular display of religious rituals alluding to...
  • Cardinal Kasper Severely Criticizes German Theologians

    02/11/2011 2:20:39 PM PST · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 02/11/11 | Tancred
    Editor: We got earlier statements from the good Cardinal at Enlace Catolico. Here he is again, this time for Vatican Radio and, saying his piece against these theologians. It's certainly one of the most striking statements from a Curial official so far, and one of the most surprising. Here are some excerpts from his interview as translated at "Churches, which have opted for woman's ordination and the recognition of same-sex partnerships, have put themselves for that reason in a very deep crisis"
  • Cardinal Lehman Attacks Cardinal Brandmüller's Letter in Defense of Celibacy

    02/02/2011 5:11:10 AM PST · by 0beron · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 02, 02, 2011 | Tancred
    Cardinal Lehmann attacked Cardinal Brandmüller in the his own paper "Glaube und Leben" and shamed himself with an open letter to the Cardinal -- no critical word for the CDU-Politicians -- see the Survey on Lehman -- speak out! Mainz ( Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the former President of the German Bishops Conference had sharply attacked the Roman Curial Cardinal Brandmüller, because he had criticized a provocative assertion about celibacy by some CDU-Zdk politicians. The politicians had made an appeal to the German Bishops advocating for a change in the practice of celibacy. In this, they posed the question, "how can...
  • Young Benedict questioned priestly celibacy

    01/30/2011 2:01:52 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 87 replies
    CathBlog ^ | January 31, 2011 | MICHAEL MULLINS
    The London Catholic Herald blogger Anna Arco blogs the news that Pope Benedict XVI “called for the Church to investigate priestly celibacy”, in 1970 when he was a young priest. She notes a German newspaper report that he signed a petition that suggested the Church re-examine the obligation of priestly celibacy.The memorandum was drawn up in the face of a shortage of priests and other signatories included Karl Rahner and the future cardinals Karl Lehmann and Walter Kasper.If there weren’t enough priests, the document said, then the “Church quite simply has a responsibility to take up certain modifications”.The blog points...
  • Vienna's Cathedral Rector: The Tender Rosary Prayers Are Dying Out

    10/31/2010 9:49:21 PM PDT · by 0beron · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/31/2010 | Tancred
    There's a commotion in the Archdiocese of Vienna around Toni Faber: "We are really are closely bound to Rome, but we must go our independent way. Some representatives of the Vatican live in a kind of denial of reality" an "Celibacy may soon be an obsolete model" Vienna [] A Commotion around the Vienna Cathedral Rector Toni Faber. In a recent interview with the "Courier" he answered questions put to him about reform in the Church: "We are really closely bound to Rome, but we must go our independent way. Some respresentatives of the Vatican live in a certain denial...
  • Unrestrained Sex and the Celibate Witness

    08/14/2010 10:39:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Young, Evangelical, and Catholic ^ | 8/14/2010 | Brantly Millegan
    "As women, we have the right to make decisions regarding our bodies. These include decisions regarding the ability to control if and when we have children, regardless of whether we want several children or no children at all. Birth control is fundamental to our ability to have autonomy in our lives, and it helps us to understand our bodies and to enjoy our sexuality safely with men.” – Our Bodies, Ourselves 2005 The above quote captures the sentiment of many pro-contraceptive women, as well as men, non-Christian and Christian. The quote seems to make a good point. We do have...
  • [CATHOLIC/ORTHODOX CAUCUS] Some Are Incapable of Marriage Because They Were Born So

    08/14/2010 9:59:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/13/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    In today’s Gospel  reading for Mass the Lord says the following: Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven. In speaking this way the Lord was leading up to say that there is a noble place for celibacy, freely chosen in the Church, in the Kingdom of God. These are those who have freely renounced marriage for the sake of the Kingdom.Looking at the Translation: However, the Lord also speaks of those incapable of marriage either by...
  • A Catholic Bishop Looks Back Gratefully on 87 Years of Celibacy

    08/11/2010 7:21:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/11/10 | Damian Thompson
    Bishop John Jukes of Southwark was one of the leading lights – and best brains – of the Catholic Church when I was still at school. Today, much to my surprise, an email from this remarkable Franciscan appeared in my inbox, asking politely if I’d be interested in his thoughts on 87 years of celibacy. Having reported so negatively on the antics of various Catholic bureaucrats, I’m delighted to reproduce his article, whose defence of this ancient spiritual tradition is in such contrast to the sneers and incomprehension of the Church’s critics. I have always enjoyed the company of women....