Same old anti-celibacy baloney

Same old anti-celibacy baloney

This is a typical attempt by a secular newspaper to give space to heretical Catholics to undermine the Church’s teaching. This one is the teaching on priestly celibacy. It’s full of the same errors and distortions that Call to Action is always trying to advance. She claims celibacy was a modern invention (it is not), that it was Trent that imposed it as a rule (nope, much earlier), and other myths like the fact that children inheriting property was eroding the Church’s financial holdings (much more bunk).

I could refute each of these points, one by one, but I’ll just appeal back to St. Paul. (1 Cor 7:1, 27b-28) but especially vv 32-35: “I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.” Or Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:12.

Those seem to predate the 11th century or 15th century that Kemper claims was the origin of celibacy. And then there’s Pope John Paul’s Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli