I saw this while reading my RSS feeds. First thought was, “Good, about time they had a dialog about this in the face of the ongoing scandal and other incidents that haven’t been mainstream news.” Second thought was, um, the title of this blog.
They’re saying that celibacy isn’t church dogma but something that’s deeply entrenched in the Catholic faith as far as their priests and nuns are concerned. Third thought was, “Is this a difference that makes a difference?” Hmm, it’s hard to tell; not being Catholic, it sounds like dogma to me… but the Catholic Church has been around for a while.
That Pope Francis seems to be open to discussion about this, to me, is a good thing; like the article says, his predecessors refused to even talk about the matter. The big question is are they just paying lip service to this, maybe to make the Church “look better” – or are they serious about making a change where clerical celibacy is concerned? The next big question is should they change?
Even non-Catholics know that celibacy for their priests and nuns is one of those things where you can truly say, “That’s the way it’s always been…” which assumes that this is the way it should always be. But this isn’t a case of “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” because it’s badly broken and begs the question that if those priests who have the pedophile label plastered onto them had been able to openly and freely have sex – gay or otherwise – would they have become pedophiles?
There have been reports in the past of priests (and a couple of nuns that I recall) sneaking off onto the DL and not only getting married but having children and they wound up getting defrocked behind it… but, yet another question to ponder in this is does it really matter if they’re married and having kids when it comes to being a priest or a nun? Well, yeah, it does given that it’s against the rules as they currently stand; apparently, you can’t fully act like a human being without your faith and ability to be a shepherd of the flock being compromised. I guess the Church never thought so even though there are many ministers of faith who are married, are fathers, and still doing a good job spreading the Word.
I’ll try to keep an eye on this just to see what, if anything, they talk about and to see if they’re all talk and no action.