There are some instances where just plain “bluntness” is needed. This article is outlining one of those instances. A bit of a warning….her bluntness may be a bit much for some readers. I found it an honest, upfront challenge. The other piece of hypocrisy the Church never admits to is that a priest….”thou art a priest forever”….can far more easily be released from his vows and even then marry than a divorced person can get a marriage anulled if they want to remarry. It will be interesting to hear from you readers…..reyanna
By Questions from a Ewe July 14, 2016 Questions from a Ewe blogspot
Last week Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput said remarried divorced Catholics shouldn’t receive Communion unless they abstain from sex…likewise for same sex couples. Furthermore, he said those same people shouldn’t be allowed to serve on parish councils, instruct the faithful, serve as lectors or dispense Communion. (I think they can still operate heavy machinery and definitely can contribute financially.) He feels such people are in “irregular” relationships that offer “a serious counter-witness to Catholic belief, which can only produce moral confusion in the community.”
Coincidentally, that same week, a priest confessed to me that he is sexually active. This places him in the worldwide majority of priests, since according to psychologists who study priests’ sexuality, 50% of U.S. priests and a higher percentage of priests from other global regions are sexually active. By the way, this priest felt his sexual activity was “sinful” but seemed prepared to suffer this sin repeatedly in the future.
Regardless of one’s opinion about the sinfulness of priests’ sexual relationships, aside from converted married former Anglican priests, any sexual activity Roman Catholic priests have is categorically dishonest and unhealthy because it is secretive.
This guy, like other sexually active priests, which means the majority of priests, not only receives communion, he consecrates the host. I guess Chaput is ok with sexually active priests receiving and consecrating the host because it’s not “irregular.” It’s become so regular that it is the majority of priests who have secret, dishonest, unhealthy sexual relationships.
Not only do sexually active priests consecrate and dispense communion, they lead parish councils, instruct the faithful, read the gospel, and preach all while leading an inherently dishonest life. Archbishop Chaput, pardon me, but THAT is what I find a counter-witness and morally confusing. I’ll go so far as to say the deception and hypocrisy are morally repugnant.
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