Is this the end of celibacy in the catholic priesthood?

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Re: Is this the end of celibacy in the catholic priesthood?

Postby Pondero » September 27th, 2016, 4:42 pm

Sarniajoy wrote:Everyone has a right to a sex life in a consensual adult relationship, including Catholic priests. Besides which, they allow married priests to practice if they have converted from Anglicanism, so it is hypocritical not to permit Catholic priests gay or straight to marry, imo.

This is the most ridiculous piece of tripe I have read within recent memory.
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Re: Is this the end of celibacy in the catholic priesthood?

Postby Lyn » September 27th, 2016, 5:09 pm

Not really, Pondero.

Quite a lot of Catholic priests are married ex-Anglicans so the Church has laid itself wide open to accusations of double standards. It is also quite unkind; not many think of the effect this influx of married clergy had on priests who had given up any idea of marriage and family. They welcomed the new clergy and helped them settle in but it was still a bit of a smack in the face.

You have said there is no real reason why a priest cannot be married and sarnia is saying the same.
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Re: Is this the end of celibacy in the catholic priesthood?

Postby Pondero » September 27th, 2016, 5:17 pm

You are both thoroughly confused as Sj's conclusions do not follow her premises.It is not hypocritical to not allow Catholic priests to marry.They knew they would have to be celibate the day they decided to become Catholic priests.
Short of shooting their wives the former Anglican ministers would not be allowed to become priests if that rule of celibacy applied to them, so the law was relaxed.
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Re: Is this the end of celibacy in the catholic priesthood?

Postby Lyn » September 27th, 2016, 5:25 pm

I'm not confused, Pondy. Yes, men did enter the priesthood knowing celibacy was a requirement but ten or twenty years down the line they could well feel differently. They had no idea the Church would relax its rules one day, accommodating ex-Anglicans in order to fill vacancies. Can you not imagine how hurtful that was to many of them? I can assure you it was a blow, it just isn't talked about very much.
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Re: Is this the end of celibacy in the catholic priesthood?

Postby Pondero » September 27th, 2016, 6:27 pm

They knew full well the laws on celibacy could be changed when they entered the priesthood, 24 years ago when the ones you talk about would commence their studies they knew the difference between "laws of man" that can be changed and " laws of God" that cannot, celibacy being the former.
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Re: Is this the end of celibacy in the catholic priesthood?

Postby Lyn » September 27th, 2016, 7:13 pm

I can't argue with that, giving up men can be a blessing too :D .
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