Pinoy Catholic Priests and their begotten sons/daughters

16 Feb

What is it about, really, that makes priests “forget” their vow of celibacy? Should the Catholic Church do away with the centuries-old law imposed upon clerics of the Church? With the little literature I read, I have already come across one theologian named Hans Kung, a priest himself, seeking that this rule be abolished. Besides, some of the 12 Apostles were married. The first Pope, Peter himself, was married!

As Mr. Pe Yang III notes in his article on Rappler, there are numerous health benefits to shedding the vow of celibacy and engaging in sex — and what better way to glorify God than to take care of the temples of the Holy Spirit: our bodies and that of our partners!

It would also enlighten the priesthood on matters that they do not fully comprehend because they don’t raise families of their own and do not understand the problems of having a large family, and not understanding the need for birth control.

Clearly, with such obvious, clear, concrete ways of seeing the benefits of sex and the ills of continence, how could one be so backward in imposing such a rule on its followers? Wait, backward maybe a wrong term. Orthodox Christians, the more “conservative” of the old Christian groups, let their religious marry!

On the Catholic Church’s side, there are instances where priests are allowed to be married: 1. a deacon who is married prior to ordination, 2. married clergy who converted from other faiths, and 3. priests over 80 provided they submit a parental consent allowing him to be married. of course, #3 is a joke. šŸ™‚

Seriously, what does the Church have to lose in admitting that celibacy shouldn’t be a requirement for priesthood? It can be changed if the Pope and the Council of Cardinals wished to do so. Why not now?

Like most freethought comment-debates I’ve read, I always end up thinking and feeling that it’s a juvenile vs. old fart exchanging arguments. One tends to adhere to more liberal thought and the other adheres to a traditionalist point-of-view. And in this case, my personal view is that this is the same. A ‘forward-thinking’ liberal (please, let me use the word “liberal” as loosely as possible) challenging an ancient world view.

A liberal tends to think of the “here and now and what is to come” and we should prepare for the future the way we understand today. A traditionalist tends to apply to a current situation “tried and tested” ways of doing things and it will hold true for eternity.

Copernicus and Galileo said the earth revolved around the sun. The Catholic Church hierarchy said it’s stupid and banned them from talking about it. And who was right in the end?

My thoughts are these: Copernicus and Galileo may be right but the general consensus of the age was that it was absurd. Up until that time, geocentric thought was considered true and the only acceptable truth. They were ‘proven’ right after other people had time to catch up with their genius. Does being “revolutionary” (pun not intended) make you right? No.

It takes time to make us recognize and discern what is absolutely right and what is wrong. That is why it is my opinion that ‘old farts’ have more patience to wait and see if it is correct. Otherwise, they are bound by their knowledge of truth that this is indeed correct. The liberal, who is excited about this new thing, is all fired up and raring to proclaim this and disgusted at the traditionalist’s inaction and/or inability to accept this “truth” that is staring at them in the eye!

In the end, I think they are absolutely after the same thing — the truth.

Take Po. Yes, Kung-Fu Panda Po. Aged, old, and wise Master Oogway is the traditionalist who sticks to the rules because they have always been right. Master Shifu sees the old rules and trains Tai Lung to be the Dragon Warrior which was denied by Oogway. Enter Po, a fat and untrained panda who was selected by Oogway to be the Dragon Warrior. All evidence seem to point that Po could never be THE Dragon Warrior but in time revealed that he really was after all. The truth was only revealed to Shifu later during the course of the movie.

Yes, fiction is easier to defend than reality.



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