I can fully appreciate that the subject heading will probably raise eyebrows. However, no lurid “true confessions” are intended; instead, I want to address issues about marriage, human sexuality, and especially the topic of abortion.
Because most priests in the West live a pledged celibacy, some critics are quick to ridicule priests on such matters. How can men who do not have sex and families possibly understand the “real life” struggles and problems that most of the human race face? Little thought is given to the fact that many priests have had an extensive education in seminary and with time, have the even more impressive formation in being confessors, spiritual directors and pastors. Priests prepare hundreds and maybe thousands for the sacrament of marriage. They hear all the stories and are familiar with the many problems. We also counsel men and women when marriages become difficult and even fail. Like doctors who do not have the ailments about which they are expert, the spiritual physician probably sees more “real life” than the average family man.
The priest rejoices in the couples who will give their purity to each other on the wedding night. But he also knows the couples who have cohabitated and have had multiple sex partners.
The priest celebrates the anniversaries of bonds that witness the fidelity of God to us all. But he also consoles the spouse who has been betrayed by adultery and/or abandoned.
The priest baptises the children of joyous and charitable families. But he also mourns with women and men who have aborted their children and have contracepted against life, the fruit of married love.
The priest marches with his young people in the cause of life. But he also faces with courage the attacks against innocent life and the hypocrisy from Catholics in the flock.
The priest offers the mercy of Christ to all without exception. But he might be condemned as insensitive when he refuses to compromise upon the dignity of human sexuality and marriage against the assault of fornication, contraception, abortion, adultery, child abuse, homosexuality and pornography.
If the priest speaks out with courage, he may even find himself at odds with more passive clergy and churchmen. But still, he feels obliged to speak the truth of God.
He weeps tears for his people and for the Church, particularly in the face of scandals.
This page has the following sub pages.
- Comments on First Draft of Women’s Pastoral
- Holy Communion & Abortion
- Abortion Dishonesty
- About the Gospel of Life: An Introduction
- NAACP at CUA: Capitulation to Pro-Abortionists
- Is Abortion Okay for Christians?
- Bai Macfarlane: No Divorce for Catholics
- Concerns About the e5 Movement
- Cohabitation & Sexual Relations
- Clergy Molestation of Minors
- The March for Life 2005