Celibacy and the Catholic Church Even though I was born

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Celibacy and the Catholic Church Even though I was born and raised of the Catholic Faith, I still disagree with some of the traditions that the Catholic faith practices. One tradition in particular that I disagree with is the requirement of priests to remain celibate after entering the priesthood. I believe requiring priests to remain celibate after entering the priesthood is morally wrong because celibacy can be a role in the sexual abuse of children, the future priests are not given adequate time and circumstances to make a rational decision on whether or not they are ready to become celibate, tradition is not a good enough reason for the requirement of celibacy, the future priests have to choose between family and church, priests would not be good spiritual leaders for women, men, and married individuals especially if they needed sexual guidance; and celibacy is a violation of "The Natural Law Theory." There are many traditions that the Catholic faith no longer practices anymore because of the changing times. I believe that of those traditions no longer practiced, celibacy is just as immoral. A textbook definition of celibacy is: The state of being unmarried and total abstinence of sex.

I conducted an interview with Psychologist Dr. Ricketts. I asked Dr. Ricketts if celibacy could have played a role in the Catholic Priests sexually abusing children and she said that it was possible.

She spoke with me about celibacy and the priesthood. She said, "All animals (including human beings) are all born sexual beings and need that attention; they need to feel physical touch and physical love from another. Absent the physical contact all human beings must feel can cause stress." She also goes on to explain that the most common class of sexual predators that target children are people dealing with stress because sexual intercourse can comfort the stress that individual is feeling (Ricketts).

I believe that obviously remaining celibate in the priesthood can be stressful because of the lack of physical affection that all human beings need. Lacking the affection can lead to stress. Stress is the most common class of sexual predators. Therefore, a priest who is under stress could target children.

I conducted a personal interview with a Father Theiryoung. He is a Catholic priest that was moved to our county parishes to replace two other priests who left because of the recent sex abuse scandal. I started off with the obvious question of where in the scriptures is celibacy? His response was, "Matthew 19: 12." (Theiryoung).

I then took it upon myself to look that up in the bible. What I found was unexpected: For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it let him receive it. (Matthew 19: 12) A eunuch is a castrated man. From all of that I gather there are men without genitals born from their mother's womb and men who have been castrated by other men and men who have castrated themselves for the kingdom of heaven's sake. Clearly there is something wrong with that since I have never heard of a priest castrating himself for the good of the church. I hope no priest would. So, why is something like that in the scripture and not followed? My guess is that there would be a very big shortage of Catholic priests.

Father Theiryoung also went on saying that it is the dedication that priests and he have to be able to give to the church because if he were married he would be a lousy husband and a lousy priest (Theiryoung).

I understand what Father Theiryoung was trying to say, but I disagree; unless the priesthood was proven to be the most overwhelming job in the world. For example, my surgeon and my physician are both married and have children and can still perform their job as doctors very well. I believe being a doctor would...
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