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Date Posted: 15:23:54 06/01/02 Sat
Author: -.-
Subject: Having read my response, I understand your confusion
In reply to: WE67 's message, "My own writing skills are overshadowed by the likes" on 06:35:01 05/31/02 Fri

Celibacy is more than the absence of genital activity. But sexual abuse scandals involving priests have focused attention on this sacred vow & whether it has any relation to pedophilia, et.al. It can be a cloak of supposed purity that allows unhealthy priests to hide their sexual dysfunction.

The problem is that no one in the church, in a position of leadership is asking the question, why? Why are there so many of these cases? The Catholic Church maintains there is no link between the vow of celibacy & pedophilia. Most men who take the vow of celibacy are mature enough to make a conscious decision, but I believes that some who join the priesthood are not.

Many young men at a very early age were recruited into it before they understood themselves or their own sexual identity. Their sexual maturation has been put on hold, so to speak, when they go in. So as a result they tend to act out with young people who were more or less the age they were when their maturation process stopped.

I say it's time to reconsider the celibacy requirement, especially at a time when the church is having difficulty recruiting new priests. But officially, within the Catholic Church, it's not even up for discussion. Make it optional, maybe?

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