One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

June 15, 2006

For Friday of the Tenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 5:27-32

We’ve all heard the divorce rate is high and creeping higher.
However, no one is proposing that Catholics throw out exclusive marital fidelity—strict monogamy— in favor of free marriage or even polygamy.
And yet … people ARE proposing something similar about the celibate priesthood.
Only a small percentage of priests has ever been accused, so much as proven guilty or admitted being guilty of unchastely abusing a minor.
The scandal of unchaste priests is not a support for making celibacy optional.
What we need today in the Church is a renewal of chastity— which means purity— a renewal of chastity both in the institution of marriage and the celibate priesthood.
Both marriage and celibacy are gifts from God to the Church.
The divorce rate among married clergy of other Christian denominations is as great as in the general population.
Do we want to drop an increasingly high divorce on top of an already troubled priesthood?
I am absolutely sure that no one wants that.
The signs of the times then really are NOT that we need to make celibacy optional now.
What we need more than ever is for both married persons and celibate priests to know their promises and keep their promises.
Christ is God in person MARRIED to our human nature.
Precisely in THAT he was a celibate.
The problem in the priesthood is not one of celibacy— optional or mandatory.
The crisis is one of sin, sickness and stupidity.
The answer needs to be one of fidelity, health and wisdom.
Fidelity, health and wisdom— may God grant us these gifts of the Spirit through the Body and Blood of Christ his Son!

That God Be Glorified in All


Blogger dilexitprior said...

Have you read "...and you are Christ's":The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life by Fr. Thomas Dubay? It's a good little book on the topic of celibacy.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Doogie said...

Well said Father. Thank you for reminding me there are some priests out there who really try to live the Truth.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

I have read that Dubay book.

Priests are encouraged to meet married couples living their marriages in a generously holy way.

10:19 PM  

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