Usually the National Catholic Reporter is good for some laughs but this article reads like a Chick Track. The title “Celibacy’s history of power and money” was a clue to the potential stupidity of this article from the Unrational Catholic Distorter.
Whoa, slow down a minute on the celibacy talk and married priests. Let’s remind ourselves how the Catholic church got into the celibacy mess.
It didn’t have anything to do with sex, purity and holiness.
It was the money.
And when one mixes money and the Catholic church, there’s usually a mess. That’s how we got a Reformation. Selling indulgences — guarantees of time off in purgatory.
If the church tried selling indulgences today it would be prosecuted under the RICO law.
Indulgences were and are guarantees signed and sealed by folks in no position to deliver on the promise. Indulgences were sold by those who had invented the idea of purgatory in the first place (there is no biblical basis for purgatory).
I guess there must not be any room in NCR’s biblcal canon for 2 Maccabees and verses 12:38-46. I always thought that their bible might be missing something, like the first 74 books. To them the Gospels are called the Apocrypha.
…Martin Luther, a sort of one-man medieval equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission (indulgences division) blew the whistle. And signaled the fate of all future whistleblowers. Obloquy, and a formal apology 400 years too late.
Well actually Martin Luther was post medieval when he posted his list on the cathedral door.
Religions have always had a place for virgins. But it customarily meant women, as in pagan Rome’s vestal virgins. Emperor Augustus, incidentally, frowned on celibacy. Celibate males weren’t allowed to inherit property. (Hold that thought from Roman law. A thousand years later it gave us today’s problems.)
Then came Jesus, and then came priests.
I would like to see one case where somebody being celibate caused a problem, all of the sexual abuse cases arose out of them not being celibate.
St. Paul wasn’t arguing for celibacy. Admittedly, he said it was easier to be a member of a missionary group if you weren’t encumbered with a wife and children, but the CEO of many a corporation harbors the same feelings (though perhaps remains reluctant to voice them publicly).
Now where in 1st Corinthians does Paul talk about celibacy associated with missionary groups. Of course it is funny to think of celibacy if you want a “missionary position.” What Paul actually said was:
I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; But the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband.
The rest of the article just goes on with the canard about celibacy coming about to prevent the clergy from giving church property as inheritance to their children. That it was all about property and not propriety.