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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.
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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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