Friday, May 15, 2009

The Dynamics of Celibacy
More words of wisdom from Fr. Tom Euteneuer

After reading the post (above) by the Numero Uno Caveman about that pervert bishop, Ram-butt Weak-land, now trying to justify his homosexual activities as a celibate priest/monk/bishop -- and asking myself why the Holy Father allows this kind of stuff to go on (just defrock him, for the sake of those who may be misled, or at least strip him of his pallium) -- I thought the following excerpts by a real ordained man (click on the title above to read his entire excellent and educational column) were worth posting despite the length.

Some recent high-profile priest scandals have put celibacy back in the limelight as a topic for the pagan world to rage about, but rarely will you hear what the Catholic Church actually teaches about it. I hope that the following insights will be a short-course in the dynamics of a marvelous life of grace: namely, celibate chastity. The world needs to hear “the other side” of the story.

Number one: Celibacy is a gift to the world, not a rule imposed by the Church on a few seemingly-abnormal men. Celibacy initiates men into a life of spiritual fatherhood in a strikingly positive way for others. We are called “father” for a reason: we bring spiritual life to our people through the sacred mysteries which we handle, and they are drawn into a spiritual family thereby. A truly dedicated priest has thousands of spiritual children who sometimes make immense demands on him—I often wish I had only seven children like my father! In an age where men have massively renounced their sacred duty to generate, protect and nurture families, there are myriads of selfless, celibate men sacrificing themselves in a truly manly way for the sake of God’s family and, indeed, even for the sake of many individual families.

Number two: Celibacy is the personal renunciation of the legitimate goods of marriage and family as a fruitful sacrifice for the kingdom of God. The astonishment of this generation that a perfectly normal, red-blooded male could make that particular sacrifice is exactly the point of celibacy. The world needs to know that there are some men walking around who are not bound either by the expectations of society or by the terms of our fleshly human nature. The presence in society of men who make this sacrifice is profoundly challenging to a culture that wants to reduce everything in life to the pleasure principle.

Number three: vows are vows. Married men make vows and so do priests. A vow is a promise before God of fidelity to a particular person or state in life. From a spiritual point of view a vow in marriage has the same significance as a vow of celibate chastity: it is permanently binding on the individual and requires total fidelity.

1 Comments:

Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

"Ram-Butt"? Wasn't he also in the starring role in "Saving Ryan's Privates"?

8:43 AM  

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