Posted - 11/16/2006 : 20:56:12
YO! Just THIS In...
The Pope Lays Down the Law on Celibacy
A shortage of priests has some calling for a loosening of the traditional restrictions, but Benedict makes clear it won't happen on his watch
By JEFF ISRAELY/ROME
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Posted Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI believes Catholicism is growing sick in its historic birthplace of Western Europe, where a shortage of priests is both a symptom and an aggravating condition. But the 79-year-old pope made clear Thursday that he does not think opening up the Church to a married priesthood is the cure. After a roundtable with top Roman Curia cardinals to discuss the case of renegade Zambian archbishop Emanuel Milingo, who was excommunicated in September for having ordained four married men, the Vatican publicly reaffirmed
"the value of the choice of priestly celibacy.
OY sez: The rest of this is on the CNN web site. If I were a young man of the Catholic faith and a homosexual (neither of which I am), I might give consideration to becoming a priest to cover my physical
attraction to other males. I have a feeling that's what many priests have done over these many, many years. Some of them are bad priests, I'm sure. But I'm just as sure that many of them are good ones. Their sexual orientation doesn't preclude their being good with the collar on their neck.
It seems to this old agnostic that telling Catholic priests they can't marry is ALMOST as important as saying to them not to have sex with the same gender...AND ESPECIALLY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY with children of EITHER sex. Jesus, why don't you help us with this weird shit!
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Edited by - Orwellingly Yurz on 11/16/2006 20:59:31