Cheaper to let the Priests Fornicate

From CNN

Diocese: Priest spent $1.4 million on tony lifestyle

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut (AP) — A priest who resigned from a church in an affluent Connecticut community misspent up to $1.4 million in parishioner donations to lead a life of luxury with another man, according to a church-directed investigation.

The Apostle Paul on celibacy:

I Corinthians 7:7-8;32-35: "But I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God. But he that is with a wife, is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife: and he is divided. And the unmarried woman and the virgin thinketh on the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit. But she that is married thinketh on the things of this world how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your profit, not to cast a snare upon you, but for that which is decent and which may give you power to attend upon the Lord without impediment."

"And I speak this for your profit." I guess this priest really took the bible literally. You know, with all the scandals, payouts, and swindling–wouldn’t you think they would get it by now? Aside from its biblical origins, celibacy started out as a movement to save the church money (so they wouldn’t have to support priests’ families.) I guess you can’t win for losing, what with all the million-dollar payouts to molested kids, and now million-dollar embezzlement from the collection plate.

If the church wants to remain solvent, what it needs to do is to espouse good old honest woman-fornicating priests. With families. Brings new meaning to the term "family values."

Comments (2 comments)

Matt / July 30th, 2006, 11:50 pm / #1


I’ve always thought that Priest Celibacy also goes back to dominance over the ‘average sinner’, so to speak. The Catholic church spent a good part of the Dark ages and Middle ages convincing Europe that it’s Priests were ‘saints among sinners’, or somehow these uber-men that should be respected. As long as the church has a monopoly on ‘God’s word’, they have control over the people who pay attenction to that word. Sex, or the lack thereof, has been used as a control mechanism in many religions, and the Catholics use celibacy for that purpose as well.


BlackSun / July 31st, 2006, 5:58 pm / #2

Olly, good point.

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