A case for priests staying celibate

The Aug. 25 Speak Out about allowing Roman Catholic priests to marry was written without knowing the acronym B.I.B.L.E.: “Be informed before leaving earth.” Some of our politicians are married and abuse females. Daily news stories reveal more and more abusers. How about the three Jim’s and David — Jones, Baker, Swaggert and Koresh. Were they married? St. Paul’s conclusion: He who marries “does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better,” 1st Corinthians (7:38). Paul was not the first apostle to conclude that celibacy is, in some sense, “better” than marriage. After Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 19 on divorce and remarriage, the disciples exclaimed, “If such is the case between a man and his wife, it is better not to marry” (Matt 19:10). This remark prompted Jesus’ teaching on the value of celibacy “for the sake of the kingdom.” “Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom it is granted. Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it” (Matthew 19:11-12). Yes, Satan’s best weapon is divide and conquer. Destroy the Catholic Church and families, No. 1 priority for Lucifer. Is same-sex marriage a family? Oh, I forgot — same sex marriage is a man-made law.

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