Attack on Celibacy an editorial by Direction For Our Times
I think this is from a Roman Catholic site. I do not agree with some Roman Catholic positions on some topics, such as their rejection of sola scriptura, their rejection of sola fide, the belief that the effect of Christ’s atoning work has to be re-applied every week during a Mass, or with some Catholics wanting to bill Mary as being co-redeemer with Christ, and so on and so forth.
However, I did find myself agreeing with parts of this editorial.
It’s quite sad that I was able to find a Roman Catholic work defending celibacy (and just the one, though there might be more), but nada, none, by Baptists or Protestants.
(Link): Attack on Celibacy
- Published on October 27, 2006
by Direction for Our Times
I recently watched a late night television show on which the topic of celibacy was examined.
The host listened respectfully and attentively to a former priest who is now married with children.
This man has written a book describing his struggle. He quoted statistics that said a large number of priests in the U.S. and other countries do not honor their vow of celibacy.
.. Is Celibacy Possible?
The whole discussion was predicated upon the idea that sex and physical intimacies are impossible to do without. I must strenuously object to this because it is a false notion circulated by the enemy of God.
It is not just Catholic priests who are called to live without sex.
Single people, those people not in a union sanctified by the Church, are also called to live chastely. It can be done.
It is not an unhappy existence. Souls make mistakes in this and at times souls struggle. But life on earth is a struggle and it will not last forever.
Now it is good to love others and there are many kinds of love. God blesses all legitimate love. But the sexual expression of love is reserved for a sanctified union between a man and a woman.
Those are the rules.
People talk as though it is impossible to deny bodily urges. If this were true we would all need to be locked up. Some talk as though it is unjust to even ask anyone to control their urges. But God assures us that the grace for this control is available if we ask Him to send it.
To follow their line of reasoning, we’d have to say that because some people abuse the welfare system, we should generally do away with asking for compliance.
Because some people cheat on their husbands or wives, we should lift the expectation that anyone be faithful, unless they feel like it. Further, because some people run through stoplights, we should eliminate the idea that every driver stop at every red light. Stopping should be optional.
Hold on, you say. Stoplights have a purpose and prevent all kinds of chaos. People have tried “open” marriages and we have seen that they don’t work.
You can’t sanction some people cheating the welfare system and ask others to comply.
Right. And we should not do away with celibacy simply because some priests make mistakes or do not take advantage of the graces God makes available to sustain them in honoring their vow.
It is wiser to love our priests, affirm them in their vocations, and encourage them to keep their eyes on Christ.
I posted not too long ago about another priest who was saying that the Catholic Church should stop supporting celibacy:
(Link): Priest Daniel McFalls Fathers a Baby – Speaks Out Against Celibacy
Related posts this blog:
(Link): Joshua Rogers of Boundless / Focus on the Family Attacks Biblical Teaching of Virginity Until Marriage
(Link): Anti Virginity Editorial by Christian Blogger Tim Challies – Do Hurt / Shame Feelings or Sexual Abuse Mean Christians Should Cease Supporting Virginity or Teaching About Sexual Purity
(Link): I thought Christians “worshipped” virginity? Guess not: TLW (True Love Waits) Spokesman Says TLW Will NOT “Elevate Virginity” – Life Way to Relaunch “True Love Waits” Campaign
(Link): No Christians and Churches Do Not Idolize Virginity and Sexual Purity – Christians Attack and Criticize Virginity Sexual Purity Celibacy / Virginity Sexual Purity Not An Idol
(Link): Being Single in the Church (article)
(Link): There is No Such Thing as a Gift of Singleness or Gift of Celibacy or A Calling To Either One
(Link): Sex and Never Married Single Christians / Virginity Virgin / Where Are America’s Virgins? Discouraging the Virtuous (by Julia Duin)
(Link): Douglas Wilson and Christian Response FAIL to Sexual Sin – No Body Can Resist Sex – supposedly – Re Celibacy
(Link): The Myth of the Gift – Regarding Christian Teachings on Gift of Singleness and Gift of Celibacy
(Link): Why So Much Fornication – Because Christians Have No Expectation of Sexual Purity
(Link): Ever Notice That Christians Don’t Care About or Value Singleness, Unless Jesus Christ’s Singleness and Celibacy is Doubted or Called Into Question by Scholars?
(Link): Christian Double Standards on Celibacy – Hetero Singles Must Abstain from Sex but Not Homosexual Singles
(Link): When Adult Virginity and Adult Celibacy Are Viewed As Inconvenient or As Impediments
(Link) How About Using Celibates as Role Models For Celibacy? (Oddity: Christians Holding Up Non-Virgins [Fornicators] As Being Experts or Positive Examples on Sexual Purity)
(Link): Link Round Up: Christian gender double standards on sexual purity, More Craptastic Relationship, Sex, Marriage Advice by Christians for Singles, Lousy and Abusive Mothers, Roman Catholics on Priest Celibacy, Male Fertility – Other Topics
(Link): Gift of Singleness Gift of Celibacy Unbiblical – Those Terms and Teachings Contribute to Fornication / Editorial About Sex Surrogates
(Link): Christians Who Attack Virginity Celibacy and Sexual Purity – and specifically Russell D. Moore and James M. Kushiner