Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Joys and Blessings of Priestly Celibacy

My next article appears in this week's Catholic Telegraph:

However, the Church has consistently held that priestly celibacy is a good thing. In fact, it was first exhorted to the priests in the year 295 at a local council in Spain; which is twenty years before Christianity was even legalized in the Roman Empire! Also, the Church has always upheld Jesus’ public example of living a celibate life, as well as his teaching in Matthew 19:12 (“There are some who freely renounce marriage for the sake of God’s Kingdom. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”) as indications that this is something that the Church desires for her priests.

Read the whole article at the Cincinnati Seminarian Blog.

3 comments:

Rich Leonardi said...

Expect to get pummeled with responses in the CT letters section. People interpret "Church discipline" to mean "free to attack viciously."

Father Kyle said...

Rich,

I've got my armor out and polished.

M. Swaim said...

Fr. Kyle,

You're sounding solid. With the new show on 740 coming up, would you be willing to do 20 live minutes or less on the value of celibacy in an oversexualized culure? I think it could be extraordinarily valuable to all involved. It was nice to meet you the other day.

matt@sacredheartradio.com