Push for Dispensing with Priestly Celibacy in Ireland

Several Irish news sites have expressed disappointment that Irish “bishops” are divided on allowing married men to become priests. According to the Association of Catholics in Ireland:

“the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference (ICBC) has been unable to agree to bring proposals on ending the celibacy requirement for priestly ministry in Ireland to Pope Francis for their Ad Limina visit to Rome, beginning January 15th, 2017.

A proposal that Irish priests who have left ministry to marry be readmitted to ministry was brought by Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore diocese to his fellow Irish bishops in 2015.  According to the report in the Irish Catholic, the ICBC failed to reach consensus then on this proposal.”(Source) O’ Reilly’s reason for raising the matter was the increasing shortage of priests.

During the Irish “bishops” visit to Rome from 15th – 25th January, the subject was not raised with “Pope” Francis, resulting in disappointment.

The Association of Catholics in Ireland (nothing in common with our website!) is an organisation which aims to “reform and renew” the Catholic church. Its motto is Following Christ, Changing Church(!) ...Little do they know that the Church of Christ is perfect and cannot be changed, because otherwise it would cease to be the Catholic Church.

 

Let’s have a look at what the Church says about priestly celibacy:

Denzinger: The Celibacy of the Clergy

52b Can. 27. A bishop, or any priest at all, may have with him only a sister or a virgin daughter dedicated to God; it is decided that he by no means have a stranger.

52c Can. 33. It is decided that marriage be altogether prohibited to bishops, priests, and deacons, or to all clerics placed in the ministry, and that they keep away from their wives and not beget children; whoever does this, shall be deprived of the honor of the clerical office.

Maynooth seminary is falling deeper and deeper into immorality

St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth has recently been described as “poisonous” and “really toxic” by Novus Ordo authorites, after allegations were made against it by three former annonymous seminarians. They describe their time in Maynooth being filled with “psychological abuse” and “a lot” of sexual activity.

St. Patrick's College, MaynoothSt. Patrick’s College, MaynoothThe Irish Times reports:

‘“There seems to an atmosphere of strange goings-on there, it seems like a quarrelsome place with anonymous letters being sent around. I don’t think this is a good place for students,” Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said about it this week.

He was explaining why he had decided to send seminarians from Dublin to The Irish College in Rome instead. The Archbishop spoke of gay sexual activity involving students at the seminary, and anonymous allegations of misconduct including that students there were using the gay dating app Grindr.’

The former seminarians relate having been bullied and sexually harassed. One describes his time as “stressful years full of anxiety.”

The rest of the article can be found here.

Such conduct at what is supposed to be the place for educating future priests, future representatives of Christ, is indeed appalling and saddening. These seminarians will now associate the Catholic Church, the one true source of salvation and the Mystical Body of Christ, with debauchery, immorality and impurity, where the weak are exploited. We urge our readers to pray for them so that they can find the true Catholic Faith.

Let’s see what the Catechism of St. Pius X has to say about the dignity of the priesthood:

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

6.Q. Is the dignity of the Christian Priesthood a great dignity?

A. The dignity of the Christian Priesthood is great indeed, because of the two-fold power which Jesus Christ has conferred upon it — that over His real body and that over His mystical body, or the Church; and because of the divine mission committed to priests to lead men to eternal life.

 

Sodomy is one of the four sins that cry to heaven for vengeance. The Douay Catechism of 1649 teaches about the sin of sodomy:

Q. 928.What is the second [sin that cries to heaven for vengeance]?

A. The sin of Sodom, or carnal sin against nature, which is a voluntary shedding of the seed of nature, out of the due use of marriage, or lust with a different sex.

Q. 929.What is the scripture proof of this?

A. Out of Gen. xix. 13. where we read of the Sodomites, and their sin. “We will destroy this place because the cry of them hath increased before our Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them,” (and they were burnt with fire from heaven.

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