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Should Catholic clergy be allowed to marry?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Zarn, Apr 8, 2005.

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Should they be able to marry?

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  1. Zarn

    Zarn Le Républicain Catholique

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    Don't know if this ever came up before on CFC...

    Possible Pros:

    -Some people may turn away from priesthood, because they want to get married. So they may become priests, if they had the option.

    -It reduces inappropriate conduct

    Possible Cons:

    Clergy are suppose to devout themselves to God and giving time to a spouse or family would take time of devoution away from God.

    Edit: I'm undecided. I am actually hoping you guys could shed some light.

    An outsider's perspective is what I'm want.
     
  2. Ramius75

    Ramius75 Chieftain

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    Its natural for a man to be with a woman and breed children, so im all for it. Go bishop go !!
     
  3. Atlas14

    Atlas14 "Sophomoric Troll Master"

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    Im not Catholic, but I do not see why they should not be able to marry.
     
  4. Stegyre

    Stegyre Expatriate

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    (a) I think marriage is an inherently good thing and should not be forbidden; but
    (b) It is not my place to tell Catholicism what rules the faith should or should not dictate. (I always find it annoyingly condescending when others try to tell me what my faith should or should not do.)
     
  5. Shadylookin

    Shadylookin master debater

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    They already can be. a priest and a woman over 18 that's not realated to him or mentally handicaped can go to a court house get a marriage license and then get married. As for catholic dogma that's up for the catholics to decide, though I see no reason to be against it
     
  6. bigmeat

    bigmeat The weapon of choice

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    i think they should, orthodox clergymen do it and so do protestants, and they seem fine with it
     
  7. amadeus

    amadeus めっちゃしんどい

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    Yes, religious rules are a bunch of nonsense.
     
  8. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    Well, as I see it, one of the big roles of Church organisation is advise on how to handle life situations, how can a priest help if he's missing out as big of a thing as these relationships that people find so important?
     
  9. WillJ

    WillJ Coolness Connoisseur

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    Yes, they should.

    I'd especially like to see a gay priest marriage. ;)
     
  10. GenMarshall

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    As a 1/3rd Catholic (I did not recived the rest of the childhood sacrements). I beleve that the clergy should be alowed to marry. It should reduce the amount of child molestations that I have heard in the media in the past years.
     
  11. Ohwell

    Ohwell Chieftain

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    How would it reduce child molestation?

    If some schmuck is a pedophile, he's going to **** little boys whether he's married or not.
     
  12. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    That's correct, but you miss the fact that clergy may come that have stable manogamous relations (which tend not to be child molesters) instead of folks prone to child molestation, of course, the child molesters will go somewhere else, but maybe it won't be a place as prone to abuse as the church.
     
  13. Knowze Gungk

    Knowze Gungk NOT a mushroom

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    They should never be allowed to marry, that's just sinful & sick. They'll have to make do with hookers, nuns & chiorboys.
     
  14. Stapel

    Stapel FIAT 850 coupé

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    In the Netherlands, catholic priest can simply go to the cityhall with their boyfriend or girlfriend and get married.
    Whether their local division of the Roman Catholic Church would aprove this and/or cooperate with the religious ceremenial thingies around it, couldn't bother me less.
     
  15. Longasc

    Longasc Chieftain

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    The thing is, for 1.000 of years by now, clerics failed to live without sex. They had their secretaries, nuns...

    The 2nd thing to notice is that St. Peter was strongly biased against Mary, and it is often supposed that she and Jesus were a couple. This might have lead to discrimination of women - on a sidenote.


    I think clerics should not marry. This would probably reduce the number of clerics to 5%, but a cleric should live a life of devotion to god and others. Also denial gives strength, if you give in to every desire, you are weak.

    If you do not want this - simply do not become a priest.

    The same applies to contraception: Simply stop *******, then you will not get children or contraception at all. Leave it with a kiss. ;)

    I must admit, I always use condoms and give in to my desires. But a little bit more discipline is really needed in a society that uses everything to fulfill its desires.

    So I say: No married priests, no contraception and hands stay over the desk! :)
     
  16. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

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    It is in fact unbiblical to force people to unmarried. In fact whenever you passages in the Bible out pastor, then they will always mention the fact that they should be a man of one wife. This also rules out women being pastors. Talking a killing two issues with one stone.
    For you reference, here are the passages that I am refering to.
     
  17. The Last Conformist

    The Last Conformist Irresistibly Attractive

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    I don't see the point in a celibate priesthood - it's not like priests, these days, are going to leave their churches to their sons instead of letting the church appoint their susccessors, or anything like that - but it's an issue for Catholics to decide.
     
  18. E-Raser

    E-Raser hard, but unfair

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    For you and me and Curt may be...

    But to say this in the meaning of this thread is the same as to claim that it is nonsense to obey the traffic rules for a busdriver, isn't it?

    The very early church didn't know about zoelibat and so I'd say back to the roots.
    Although in fact I couldn't care less.
    But I'd prefer to forbid them childmolester instead
    !
     
  19. E-Raser

    E-Raser hard, but unfair

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    Unfortunately the church isn't democratic- to decide is not up to the catholics and never was - just an overaged, dry pope with silly hats says what's right and wrong.

    ..an issue for catholics is to knee down and worship his 'holyness'...
     
  20. The Last Conformist

    The Last Conformist Irresistibly Attractive

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    If rank'n'file Catholics chose to belong to a non-democratic organization is their own problem. Whether Catholic priests should be allowed to marry is nonetheless up to the Catholics, or more specifically their decision-making bodies.
     

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