Tag Archive: against forced celibacy

Pluralism of thought

Walking along a main street in any city today, gives one the impression of today’s civilisation: everybody seems to be walking all alone as most people are not looking sideways, forward or backwards but are busy reading their tiny screen held in their hands!

Are we becoming islands? Generally speaking, in most writings on our blog, it seems that some people think that they are living on an uninhabited island! This is because like horses, they only see one view. Obviously the one that counts is their view!! Like the person looking onto their mobile phone who is blind to other happenings, one cannot see other views because one is cut off from reality.

When it comes to emotions, it’s already so difficult for a person to understand what’s going on, let alone somebody else from a different country with a different background, upbringing etc…

In a way, as Christians, we remember that only God sees in the darkest areas of our lives or other unspoken realities of which we may be totally blind! He is the true Judge who sees what others cannot see or imagine!

Falling in love is the most complicated form of action taking place in our bodies. We are first speaking from a chemical point of view. Same wise for emotions and human growth. What happens in our lives is not that easy to explain. We might put it into words, but words alone are not enough to experience what other people are experiencing. Our blog is becoming more popular because we are discussing something which is not allowed in most other Christian blogs!

But allowing people to air their views, emotions, experiences etc… does not automatically make mature readers! It’s easy to fall into temptation in condemning or labelling one’s opinion! In this area, we do feel that we need to grow. We can only present our experience and let the person decide, even if it’s against what everybody thinks or wish for. When we hear people, in some cases we are directing them to a particular conclusion. In other words we would be telling what to do. This is a very old idea of counselling which however surfaces every now and then.

We insist again, letting priests becoming biological fathers will help them too in this area. It’s not easy to tell your own sons/daughter what to do. In today’s world they need a real dialogue. Dialogue does not mean converting your own son to your own ideas, but to explore more ideas together. Finally, our sons and/or daughters are becoming adults with the right to go for a different choice then the one we discussed about!

On the other hand, those who are brave enough to share their loving experience with a priest, should not be blind and deaf to what others have written about. Experience is something which one cannot achieve in a short time. Time has to pass by in order to gain some experience. There is no fast forward button! In this sense, a dialogue has to be practised on both sides. They too need to truly listen to others although they have the right for a different solution.

Another important principle: if I have a particular experience about women-priests relationship, it doesn’t mean that all experiences are going to pass through the same path! Every person is different. Every priest is different. Every country is different. Time is changing too. What was taboo for some parts of the world, now it now longer holds water. They are in fact opening up to new ideas. This is our greatest asset that most Catholics do understand that a married priest is in a good position today to evangelise other people. It’s a missing link which might add to a multicoloured church with various experiences, traditions and people!

"Enough with the celibacy of priests" The appeal of the young Ratzinger. 
Embarrassment because of the letter of the 70s revealed by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Forty years ago, Joseph Ratzinger put into question the obligation of celibacy
for Catholic priests. 

He did so in a confidential letter, written together with eight other 
distinguished young theologians and then sent to the German Bishops' Conference. 
The man who now appears to be a conservative pope, a staunch defender of 
tradition, orthodoxy and dogma, then asked to consider the possibility of 
allowing priests a normal sex life and the construction of a family. This was 
revealed yesterday, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, bringing the contents of the 
letter. It is a discovery embarrassing for Benedict XVI, because in 
September this year will visit Germany, his native country, where the ruling 
party, the CDU, Angela Merkel, is the front line against the obligation of 
celibacy. Mass disobedience of priests and faithful, the crisis of vocations, 
exodus of priests and believers from the Church, a serious shortage of new 
priests who are truly at the Ministry, loss of contact with the reality of 
life today. Here are dangers that Ratzinger and the other eight theologians 
indicated in the letter secret. The hierarchy decided not to react and 
respond. The letter ended up shelved in the archives, but now the circle of 
Catholic critics of Regensburg (AKR) decided to publicize it. 

It was February 9, 1970, Ratzinger had just 42 years. "Filled with the 
fear of God - wrote the nine theologians - say the issue of the emergency 
situation of the Church., And our reflections concerning the urgent need for a 
reflection and a differentiated approach to the law of celibacy in the 
Church. We believe that this is necessary at the highest level ecclesiastical 
". They chose to carry out their duties as directors of the German Bishops' 
Conference on the problems of faith. "Anyone who thinks such a superfluous 
explanation seems to have little faith in the invitation of the Gospel of 
the Grace of God," continues the letter of theologians who, at the time, 
remembered as celibacy in the Church was a law but not a dogma. And again: 
"Theologically it is unfair not to reconsider the issue in the light of new 
historical and social situation. Especially young priests are asking, in 
light dell'acuta crisis of vocations, as these problems of the life of the 
Church and its pastors can be solved in the coming years. "Who chooses the 
priesthood, pointed out the nine, faces loneliness and loss of recognition of 
their role in today's society, a society highly sexualized. 
Ratzinger's letter was ignored and the other eight, it is not even clear 
whether the German Bishops' Conference forwarded to Rome or not. The crisis 
of vocations continues, but now one of nine theologians appears on the 
other side of the fence. 

Better late than never, thanks to the Catholic Critics of Regensburg (AKR) 

From the Archbishop E. Milingo (Patriarch of Africa)

How can the present Pope than dismiss does who are saying the same things??