Originally posted by babloyi
I think most people are forgetting the main idea here. What if the priest changes his mind later on? Doesn't want to be a priest anymore? It will be
slightly troublesome for him having been castrated.
Then they should have thought about that before becoming a priest.
As for priests being allowed to marry, I disagree. It's part of the faith for a priest not to marry, and to abstain from sexual contact for life.
It's part and parcel to the power they gain from being a priest. Consider the power the Catholic Church has, even to this day. One of the reasons we
don't have Kerry as President is because the Pope ordered the priests to tell their congregation not to vote for them, and the congregation listened
to the Priests and did what they said.
This is not intended as a bash towards our Catholic members, fair's fair, though I wish people could separate religion and politics. But in a twisted
sort of way, I'm defending the Catholic faith. Catholic Priests should not marry. That's the tradition. It may as well be suggested that Muslim
Clerics be allowed to drink, and Jewish Rabbis be allowed to light an open flame on the Sabbath, if one were to suggest they should just be allowed
These traditions have a deep basis that has significant meaning to those religions, and anyone who feels that these traditions should be forgotten or
changed should not become a member of that faith's leadership, or alternately, should start a splinter-sect of that group.
There was an interesting point of view from a gay deacon in "Six Feet Under", where he was in a position to give his views about acceptance of the
gay community. In the end, he decided not to because he realized that people choose that religion for the comfort of long-standing traditions. They
draw comfort from the fact that things do not change, and their views are always very centered.
While we may disagree with those views, it is not our place to change them. To create an alternate avenue, perhaps, where men of the cloth can marry,
the people may pray directly to God, and Mary, while revered, is not such a major player... but you know, that's already been done. It's called
Protestant Christianity. And eventually, it even split into different sects.
So lets leave Catholicism's traditions as they are, but since a Priest should
take his vows seriously, not go back on his oath, and should
never engage in sexual contact, they should, upon frocking, be castrated. This serves all the above purposes to the greatest extent.