Thursday, September 04, 2003

Most Priests Aren't Clamoring For "Optional" Celibacy

And here's a website for faithful priests to stand up in favor of the Church's traditional discipline:

Priests For Celibacy


In spite of what you may read in the press, like the stories about the Milwaukee priests who advocate relaxing the Church's discipline of priestly celibacy, most priests are leading dedicated and fruitful lives as celibates.

And in spite of the maunderings of those Milwaukee priests, and the natterings of the Call To Action crowd, dropping priestly celibacy will solve precisely no problems in the Church. As I have written before, the idea that a married priesthood will prevent future priest-abuse scandals is simply absurd. By what logic would anyone think that men with perverse sexual appetites would be appeased by a normal heterosexual relationship? If anything, a married priesthood might make it worse: Pedophiles frequently use a "normal" marriage as cover for their deviant behavior.

The belief that a married priesthood would address the so-called "priest shortage" (in itself a dubious concept) also doesn't stand up to serious scrutiny. I have a friend who is a pastor in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. He has told me more than once that the Missouri Synod is experiencing its own clergy shortage. This isn't noticeable on the coasts yet, because most pastors gravitate to seeking positions on either coast. But the shortage is very serious in the Midwest, and particularly in rural areas. Now the LCMS has married clergy, so clearly its shortage points to a problem going across theological boundaries and having nothing to do with celibacy.

As I have written before, in a post on The Sacramentality of Priestly Celibacy:
Finally, it seems to me that those who advocate dropping celibacy frequently have bought into the "dogmatic minimalism" foisted upon us by "progressives" in the wake of Vatican II. Dogmatic minimalism is the attitude that anything not explicitly defined as dogma by a council or ex cathedra papal pronouncement is somehow extraneous to the Faith and therefore easily dispensed with. Those arguing that because celibacy is a matter of discipline and not dogma we can get rid of it are operating from the dogmatic minimalist assumption. But just because something hasn't been defined as de fide doesn't mean it isn't from the Holy Spirit. Just because something is a matter of tradition [with a small "T"] doesn't mean it isn't spiritually good or useful.

That non-Catholics wouldn't understand or properly value the witness of celibacy is, perhaps, understandable. That some Catholics would be confused or poorly catechized about it is lamentable. That priests could lose sight of the witness they have been called upon to give, and parrot the world's line, is tragic.
Excuse Me, Journalists, But Your Abortion Bias Is Showing

Did you know that Sandra Cano, the "Mary Doe" in the Doe vs. Bolton companion case to Roe vs. Wade, filed a motion in Georgia to vacate the court's ruling?

Neither did I.

The fact that most of the country is unaware of the above fact is the subject of a great column yesterday by Kathleen Parker:
What if the women who helped make abortion-on-demand the law of the land changed their minds? They did.

And what if no one cared? Apparently, no one does.

Or so one might surmise from the media's inattention to the latest motion filed in federal court seeking to set aside the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 abortion ruling, a reversal of which would return abortion jurisdiction to states.

Doe v. Bolton was the case that extended the reach of Roe v. Wade, and gave us abortion-on-demand, with no restrictions or qualifications. Most Americans don't even know that a woman can get an abortion at any time from conception to the day a baby is due.

Several months ago, Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade, filed a motion in Federal Court to set aside that case. She is now pro-life and seeking to undo the horrors wreaked by legalized abortion. So now the two women whose cases gave us abortion-on-demand have changed their minds and are actively working to reverse Roe v. Wade.

If you think that's news, apparently you don't think like a liberal "journalist".

It's not "The News", it's "The News That Supports Our Enlightened View of The World".

Maybe you ought to write your local newspaper or TV station, or give the editor a call. Ask why they deem this story unworthy of our attention.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

YACCS Comments Has Extended Its Holiday Weekend

YACCS was back up briefly on Saturday, but it relapsed quickly. I'm delaying posting the second half of my essay on Liturgy and Culture in the hopes that the comment function will be restored by tomorrow. If its not up again by tomorrow, I will get a new comments provider and post the second half of the essay.

In the meantime, I'll put up some other hopefully entertaining stuff...