Proper attitude for a Catholic towards the pedophilia scandal?
(04-09-2010, 11:08 PM)No3456 Wrote: Please allow me to repeat my question.

In Church doctrine and praxis--Whatever happened to priestly Chastity and Celibacy?

I realize we Anglicans have similar problems with "abuse"; however, our priests can and do marry--
whether God thinks that's appropriate or not.

Where did the Teachings of Chastity and Celibacy [in the Catholic catechism]  go?


I, personally, haven't addressed this question because it seems like a digression and is also a bit vague. Obviously, Catholic priests still take vows of chastity, but the sex abuse scandal isn't about mere lapses in vows of chastity. A priest having a consensual sexual relationship with another adult is a major lapse, but it is arguably quite a bit less compromising, morally, than the sexual abuse of a minor. The former is not criminal, the latter is.

Are you asking, in effect, whether the Church should consider relaxing the rule on priestly celibacy in the Latin Rite?

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Re: Proper attitude for a Catholic towards the pedophilia scandal? - by WilfredLeblanc - 04-09-2010, 11:17 PM

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