Thursday, September 22, 2005

Catholic (not to be confused with Callaholic)

NY Times article about the a Vatican Ban on homosexual priests. As someone who was raised Catholic, I am always a little surprised at how emotional I get still about the stupidity of the Catholic Church. "The irony is, if you look at the exact ages and seminary graduating classes of those priests who were convicted of sexual abuse in the past few years, they were not on the whole people who entered seminaries in the 1980's, when there began to be more openness about homosexuality," he said. "These were people from the old closeted days" "So what the church is doing is repeating, in a weird way, the conditions they had before that gave rise to the abuse crisis." I still don't know why priests are expected to be celibate and also are often expected to give marriage counseling. And why can't women be priests. It's a self destructive thing, limiting even more who the priests will be and part of me wants the Catholic Church to self destruct and another part of me wants them to be benevolent somehow.

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Adam said...

neither of you read my blog. You're both full of sh*t.

RB Ripley said...

I, however, read your blog and though occasionally am full of sh*t, had to pause and reflect on your comment of being raised Catholic. Like you, I was brought up in The Church and depite my now ardent belief that if there is a Higher Power, She really doesn't give a poo about the day to day trials, I also have had some emotional bubbles during this whole sordid affair, suprised to find myself wanting to tell people that not all priests are not bad...

And your own observations are astute. The Church is now planting the very same fould seeds they planted fifty years ago that gave us this crisis. It's going to be a LONG time before the Catholic Church has a snowball's chance in Hell of figuring out what's important.

Emily said...

i am constantly amazed at the spin the church puts on things, and at how many people believe it- it frightens me really-

like Rick Santorum's comment about why Boston "lies at the center of the storm" (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8567264/)

although that comment wasn't made by the church, persay- but, just in general, i suppose i should say that anything to do with strong religions beliefs frightens me a lot. it seems to make people unable to consider any other option...

hope you are well,
~em