Thursday, March 21, 2002

An argument that's been trotted out for getting rid of the vow of celibacy for priests is that the celibacy vow attracts pedophiles to the priesthood, in the hope that the vow will "shackle" their desires. This fails, the priests abuse children.

My question is this -- if the Church were to drop the celibacy vow tomorrow, would that change the fact that these pedophiles exist? They just wouldn't be priests. But that wouldn't stop them from abusing children. It seems to me that it would be awful self-serving and un-Christ like for the Church to dump the celibacy requirement for this reason, when the desired result would not be to prevent child abuse, but just make it someone else's problem.
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