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Celibacy [Mar. 22nd, 2010|10:08 am]
Tony Grist
"No-one chooses the monastic life," said the monk, "unless they have serious problems with their sexuality." That took me aback. Up until then I'd supposed- if I thought about it at all-  that monks and nuns and celibate priests were heroes of spirituality.

So that's the first and biggest problem with the celibacy rule. You're going to attract a whole lot of people to the priesthood who are running away from themselves-

People who are confused,  immature, cowardly.

And the second problem is that you're attracting them on a false promise. The Church isn't the refuge from the world they think it's going to be. The new priest is the man he always was- with the same old urges- only now he can only satisfy them furtively.   Shut the door on  sex and it'll walk through walls to find you. So there you are- you and your sexuality- and instead of having the whole wide world to prance about in you're locked up together in a teeny-tiny cell.

[User Picture]From: chiller
2010-03-22 10:16 am (UTC)
I think it's also partly an "absolute power corrupts absolutely" thing. Someone who started off reasonably level headed is more likely to go wrong when given responsibility for, and authority over, the spiritual development of a bunch of other people. It takes enormous self-knowledge and confidence to even manage a team in the work environment, and this is a much tougher gig.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-03-22 10:51 am (UTC)
Yes, there's that as well.

I was an Anglican priest for a decade or more- and the power certainly corrupted me. I shudder now when I think of the political games I used to play- and how much I enjoyed that side of things.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-03-22 11:00 am (UTC)
It's the politics that is putting me off looking for another job in corporate life. I hate it, it is a time waster and a distraction from getting any actual work done.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-03-22 11:23 am (UTC)
I'm hoping you're going to be able to have a career as an artisan cheese-maker.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-03-22 05:05 pm (UTC)
That would be nice but also might use up my life savings without any return. It seems quite easy to make cheese, but making really good cheese is more of a challenge.
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