For the sake of the Kingdom

For the sake of the Kingdom

The Gospel for today’s Mass is often cited regarding the Church’s teaching on marriage, but it’s not as commonly used to defend the proposition that homosexuals, even celibate ones, should be excluded from the priesthood.

The key element is the final verse: “Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”

The argument goes that celibacy should be the renunciation of something one is capable of. It should be a renunciation of one good for a higher good. But because homosexuals, whether through genetics or upbringing, are not attracted to women and thus are not giving up anything by a pledge to celibacy. In fact, they would have to be celibate anyway, so the renunciation is meaningless. At least that’s how I understand the argument.

Something interesting to think about.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli