Why Are Priests Really Celibate? (And Will It Change with a New Pope?)

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  1. And then there are those amongst us who wonder if a % of priests (and it could be large) are attracted to the priesthood because of their sexual attraction and easy access to children.

  2. When you say ‘lay claim to Church property” they weren’t just looking to protect “property” in the sense of tangible real estate and assets. It was also in the sense that in the middle ages in particular they didn’t want the sons of Popes, Cardinals, and Bishops to lay claim to the titles either (monarchy style). “Hey my dad was Pope so obviously I’m supposed to be the next Pope!”

    Married priests should be allowed simply for the fact that it would make priesthood more difficult to “hide” for pedophiles. I’m guess most believe they can hide and protect themselves from their urges by joining the priesthood, but ultimately fail. I don’t believe they really (especially in the 20th Century) had the foresight or ability to realize they would have easy access to children.

  3. Mr Supertypo says:

    Well I dont buy into the meme that the catholic church attract more pedophiles than everybody else. And honestly how is that allowing priests to marry would that put a stop or reduce pedo’s? There are tons of pedos outhere (of any religion and not) some are married and some has also a normal sex life, so priest marriage wont change. About marriage, the church has to figure out a way (if they find it necessary) but not because outsider complains or some pc feel bad about it. If it is necessary, If it is consistent with their doctrine they will do it. otherwise not. And im fine with that.

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