April 01, 2009

Testing...one, two, fey

OK....so priests are supposed to be celibate, right? So what in the world does this accomplish? Other than giving the church yet another way for to discriminate. Apparantly being a priest is ONLY a job for a heterosexual (who can't have sex) man. Amazing.

I would LOVE to see what all this supposed "test" involves. Liza records and wrestling maybe?

Melbourne Catholic Church embraces testing to ID gay priests

THE Melbourne Catholic Church has embraced a Vatican recommendation to test potential priests for sexual orientation.

Under the guidelines, potential priests who "appear" to be gay must be banned.

The head of the Vatican committee that made the recommendations has made it clear celibate gays should also be banned because homosexuality is ‘‘a type of deviation’’.

Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman James O’Farrell confirmed Carlton’s Corpus Christi Catholic seminary had started adhering to the guidelines, but refused to comment further.

Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby spokeswoman Hayley Conway said the church was sending a ‘‘dangerous and offensive’’ message about sexuality.

‘‘They seem to be moving backwards in a lot of ways which is really unfortunate . . . especially for those who are Catholic and out, and there are a lot of them already struggling,’’ she said.

‘‘If the plan is to root out pedophilia or child molestation, targeting people with homosexual tendencies isn’t the way to go about it.’’

Full story here . . .


Justine said...

Jesus was celibate, and priests represent Christ to the Church.

More explanations here:

Physically, only women can become mothers, and only men can be fathers, so I don't see where it's problematic to say there are spiritual roles designated for men only. It's not like God did an ennie-meenie-minny-mo between men and women when deciding what sex Jesus was. He deliberately created two sexes. Men are children of God who reflect their creator in some ways, and women are children of God who reflect him in others. They have separate roles, but are equal in dignity.

(I know you don't believe this, but I hope this helps you understand why the Catholic church teaches as it does.)

I say, if you don't want to be celibate, then don't become a priest. Everyone knows the deal ahead of time.

Besides, shouldn't you be happy that the church "discriminates?" Don't you want people to be turned off by religion? Why are you fighting for the rights of homosexuals to be priests?

Lemmy Caution said...

Only these "rules" were not always there. They were enacted because of the amount of political and economic power attached to the papacy in the sixteenth century.

You can believe the "spiritual" reasoning given to you for celibate priests.....but the truth is that the church didn't want the inheritance of priests passed on to anyone other than the church.

There are plenty of priests and popes (including the 'first' pope) who were married and had families.

As usual, to find the truth, follows the money.