Celibacy Optional

At a small gathering of Catholics last evening, we watched a Frontline documentary titled, Secrets of the Vatican, first aired on PBS in late February. The entire 82 minute program is available on You Tube.

The first part of the program was on priest sexual abuse of children. It was ghastly! And it is not ‘over’ yet. Worse yet, the cover-up by the hierarchy was stunning. Of course, the Diocese of Toledo has no clean hands at all on this topic, but I will not go into detail here.

Here is the problem psychiatrists who studied this issue blame for this problem: celibacy. Yes, celibacy. Of course it doesn’t take a psychiatrist to figure that out! Further, one can look at Protestant clergy to note the rare cases of child molestation among that set of clergy.

Some holier-than-thou clerics of the 12th century decide that priests ought not have intercourse- to make themselves more ‘holy and pure.’ This decree issued at the time when ‘heretics’ were burned at the stake and crusaders were slaughtering ‘infidels’ for the sake of God and Jews everywhere were being tormented, tortured and executed as Jesus-killers.

One might muse whether the priest sex At a small gathering of Catholics last evening, we watched a Frontline documentary titled, Secrets of the Vatican, first aired on PBS in late February. The entire 82 minute program is available on You Tube.

The first part of the program was on priest sexual abuse of children. It was ghastly! And it is not ‘over’ yet. Worse yet, the cover-up by the hierarchy was stunning. Of course, the Diocese of Toledo has no clean hands at all on this topic, but I will not go into detail here.

Here is the problem psychiatrists who studied this issue blame for this problem: celibacy. Yes, celibacy. Of course it doesn’t take a psychiatrist to figure that out! Further, one can look at Protestant clergy to note the rare cases of child molestation among that set of clergy.

One might muse whether the scandal that has torn the Catholic Church apart is ‘punishment’ for the sins of the church in earlier times. Such wrath fills the pages of the Bible.

Women priests? Married priests? Oh no! Church dogma!!

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