Monday, April 12, 2010

The Pope MUST Go! - the Twisted History of Celibacy

As a former Catholic and even more so as a gay man, this EVIL, misguided, hateful Pope needs to go. We just heard on ABC News that Pope Benedict has now blamed the entire HISTORY of sexual abuse in the church on gay men. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!
- In fact, sexual abuse is proven to be more of a heterosexual issue. Furthermore, so is the horrible crime of pedophilia. Look it up. Pope Benedict said that denying priests of sexual relationships with a partner has "nothing to do with the criminal actions. I ask you, Where in the heck does this guy live?
It is HUMAN NATURE to desire to be close and intimate with a partner. You can't deny that or it has repercussions on the human psyche. NO WONDER priests who are barred from intimacies with other human beings develop the illness of pedophilia. Life-long celibacy is torture.
The Pope is trying to pull out an old INVALID fear and put the blame on another group. He truly is a hateful man. I'm so disappointed, so disgusted. He needs to GO!

From the University of California-Davis Psychology report:
Some typologies of child molesters divide the fixation-regression distinction into multiple categories, and some include additional categories as well (e.g., Knight, 1989). For the present discussion, the important point is that many child molesters cannot be meaningfully described as homosexuals, heterosexuals, or bisexuals (in the usual sense of those terms) because they are not really capable of a relationship with an adult man or woman. Instead of gender, their sexual attractions are based primarily on age. These individuals – who are often characterized as fixated – are attracted to children, not to men or women.

On a RELATED NOTE: British Campaigners Threaten Pope With Arrest British author and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins will try to have Pope Benedict arrested to face questions over the Catholic church's child abuse scandal when he visits Britain later this year, one of his lawyers said Sunday. (Personally, I hope he succeeds).
FYI - Here's a Brief History of Celibacy in the Catholic Church (Source:
1) First Century
- Peter, the first pope, and the apostles that Jesus chose were, for the most part, married men. The New Testament implies that women presided at eucharistic meals in the early church.
2) Second and Third Century- Age of Gnosticism: light and spirit are good, darkness and material things are evil. A person cannot be married and be perfect. However, most priests were married.
Seventh Century- France: documents show that the majority of priest were married.
Eighth Century - St. Boniface reported to the pope that in Germany almost no bishop or priest was celibate.
Twelfth Century - 1123-Pope Calistus II: First Lateran Council decreed that clerical marriages were invalid
Twentieth Century
1930-Pope Pius XI: sex can be good and holy.
1951-Pope Pius XII: married Lutheran pastor ordained catholic priest in Germany.
1962-Pope John XXIII: Vatican Council II; vernacular; marriage is equal to virginity.
1966-Pope Paul VI: celibacy dispensations.
1978-Pope John Paul II: puts a freeze on dispensations.
1983-New Canon Law.
1980-Married Anglican/Episcopal pastors are ordained as catholic priests in the U.S.; also in Canada and England in 1994.
St. Peter, Apostle
St. Felix III 483-492 (2 children)
St. Hormidas 514-523 (1 son)
St. Silverus (Antonia) 536-537
Hadrian II 867-872 (1 daughter)
Clement IV 1265-1268 (2 daughters)
Felix V 1439-1449 (1 son)

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