Defending priestly celibacy in an errant world and church

As the pope prepares to visit Great Britain this week every sort of objection to our holy faith will find its minute of fame in those who would turn the truth of God into a lie. But, the faith and its authentic practices are all ordered away from such temporary blindness toward the kingdom of God and eternal life. The world has a problem with us, of course,  as do “worldly” religion-types both within and outside of Catholicism. Celibacy and the Priesthood is at issue in the following news video. But for perspective, hear first what our Lord says on the choice for celibate life, followed by St. Paul following the clip:

Matthew 19–

For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mothers womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it.

Good defense. Now, let’s hear from a celibate, St. Paul:

I would that all men were even as myself; but every one hath his proper gift from God …. But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, it is good for them if they so continue, even as I.

And further on:

But I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God. But he that is with a wife, is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife: and he is divided. And the unmarried woman and the virgin thinketh on the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit. But she that is married thinketh on the things of this world how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your profit, not to cast a snare upon you, but for that which is decent and which may give you power to attend upon the Lord without impediment. (1 Corinthians 7:7-8 and 32-35)

HAT TIP/JACKIE PARKES AT: Lead Kindly Light

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