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Remind me again: how does celibacy contribute to scandals?

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Oct 02, 2009

 If only the Catholic Church allowed priests to marry, we wouldn't have so many clerics caught up in sexual scandals. Right?

That's the party line, certainly. But it doesn't quite explain the problems facing a retired Anglican bishop who was arrested this week in a crackdown on prostitutes. Bishop Benjamin Omosebi reported offered another man $15 for a sexual act. 

A local Episcopalian leader said that his community "was providing pastoral support to Omosebi's family, including his wife."




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  • Posted by: paulmay6949 - Oct. 06, 2009 5:41 PM ET USA

    Dear Diogenes, My memory is aging, but it seems that I have read from reliable sources (most likely on CatholicCulture.org) that serious, psychological and medical studies (and from my own personal experience) that celibacy is not part of the problem. Have not our own Catholic Church studies revealed that homosexuality is the root cause of "abuse" problems, not mostly in the Catholic Clergy, but even more widespread in other segments of our society.

  • Posted by: Wild Bill - Oct. 06, 2009 5:18 PM ET USA

    That tired old argument was dusted off and offered this morning on a First Things comment box. This is a near perfect refutation. Infidelity, whether to wife or Bride of Christ, is infidelity.

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