Priestly Celebacy

Priestly celibacy along with the Sacrament of Matrimony are two ways that Catholic Christians are invited to serve God’s people, especially the poor by living the Christ life. To say,”The priest in truth is both father and husband,” doesn’t make it so. ( For priesthood, celibacy is the issue, Journal, August 18th). One becomes a faithful husband by renewing the promise to love your wife in thoght, word and acton on each new day and in every circumstance. This is especially hard when your ego is on the line with your wife looking at you in disgust for bleeching her beautiful blue blouse the shade of dirty dishwater. One becomes a father by struggling out of bed at 2:00 a.m., ignoring the ungodly odor escaping from the baby’s room and cleaning the small behind of that bay you love beyond belief. Of course, one can always say no to those actions that make one a husband and father. It is contrary to reality and a misunderstanding of how God is present in our world to imply a priest, “Without hesitation, not incumbered by his own biological family, he goes to the hospital…” Unfortuinately there are many instances when a priest says no and does not go to the hospital. The biological family described as an incumberence is the very presence of God for the husband and father. God who is Trinity, God in relationship. To suggest that a priest is more available to God’s people than a married man or woman is to deny reality. Just take a look around. Celibacy is a great gift to the church, to the world and to those who are called and who freely accept it. But not for the reasons presented in the article. Priestly celibacy is like Baptism and Marriage an on-going process of turning away from the illusion of the ego and turning to serve God and God’s holy people, especially the disenfranchised. To be a priest is to be like a husband and father , a wife and mother. It is to be a person wrought with human fraility but beyond all it is to be a lover, seduced, transformed, on fire with love and living each day amid the odors and failures of the world offering a glimmer of hope now and in a world yet to come.

Kevin Regan

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