reply to post by eggman90
The RC celibacy doctrine turns them into perverts. It's unnatural for a grown man not being married or have a sex partner of some sort.
God's first command to Man:
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the
sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
Genesis 2:22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, "This is now
bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman, ' for she was taken out of man." 24 For this reason a man will leave his father
and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:28). This mandate speaks to humanity in general, it overlooks numerous passages in the Bible that support the
celibate life. Matthew 19:11-12: "Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom it is granted. 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 God. Whoever can accept
this ought to accept it." Paul explains that celibacy is a calling for some and not for others by saying, "Each has his own special gift from God, one
of one kind and one of another" (7:7)
In the Catholic Church fidelity of bishops and priests to the teaching of the Church and to their solemn vows; the fidelity of bishops in exercising
oversight in ensuring obedience to that teaching and to those vows; and the fidelity of the lay faithful in holding bishops and priests accountable.
The real issue was never celibacy, but rather the unfortunate lack of fidelity.
There are many reasons, both practical and theological, why the Church insists on clerical celibacy. Early on, it became obvious to many bishops that,
a married priesthood doesn't work. That the Church needed men who are willing to embrace a higher spiritual state. This first began with the Spanish
Council of Elvira in 305 AD. There is ample warrant in the words of Christ and the writings of Paul that celibacy is a higher calling than marriage.
Christ Himself was celibate. At one point, the disciples did ask Christ if it is "expedient not to marry?" He responded that "not all can accept
this teaching; but those to whom it has been given".
For many who do not understand that celibacy is not practical or just, only reduces men into animals, creatures who can't live without their sexual
urges being gratified. Humans are not animals. Humans make choices about the gratification of their appetites. We can control and channel our desires
in a way that sets us apart from the rest of the animal world. And again, most sexual abusers are not celibate. It's sexual license that breeds sexual
abuse, not celibacy!
In a society that is completely saturated with sex, celibate priests are living proof that sexual urges can be controlled and channeled in a positive
way. Far from denigrating the sexual act, celibacy acknowledges the goodness of sex within marriage by offering it up as a sacrifice to God. The
sanctity of marriage is dishonored if it is treated merely as an outlet for sexual impulses. Rather, we as Christians are called to understand
marriage as the inviolable commitment of a husband and wife to love and honor one another. A priest offers up a similar commitment of love to the
Church, a bond that cannot be broken and that is treated with the same gravity and respect as in marriage.
Celibacy allows the priest's first priority to be the Church.
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