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By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 20, 2007

"Can you imagine what kind of candidates we would attract to the U.S. Senate, for example, or to any other high-ranking political, corporate or academic office if a commitment to lifelong celibacy were an essential, non-negotiable requirement?"

-- Father Richard McBrien, addressing the Voice of the Faithful convention yesterday.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 26, 2007 6:23 PM ET USA

    How's Father McBrien feel about those Buddhist Monks in Burma? Ummm, does he know that celibacy is not unique to Catholicism? Buddhist monks and nuns also take a vow of poverty, obedience, celibacy and chastity. Many "spiritual" and religious folk throughout history have done so. Why is it weird for Catholic priests and nuns and brothers but perfectly acceptable and respectable for those ancient easterners? It's a form of self-denial and it promotes focus on what really matters. GOD, NOT ME.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 22, 2007 8:33 PM ET USA

    How is the US Senate seen to be analogous to the priesthood (charlatans in each not withstanding)? False parallelism?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2007 2:39 PM ET USA

    Surely he's not arguing that the current crop of senators is an advertisement for sexual maturity? (Or any other kind of maturity?)

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2007 1:45 PM ET USA

    It sounds to me like Father Richard McBrien is bitter about celibacy. I think it would be great if everyone in Congress were celibate. Celibacy in not on the Democrat's Platform so their Party would not be in Congress. Their Party promotes abortion, contreceptives, odd-ball and dangerous life-styles,encouraging illegal immigraqnts to run amuck, schools full of evil teachings,power-hungery and total insane state and local governments. Total lack of building good citizenships. Celibacy is purity.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2007 1:26 PM ET USA

    What kind? Hopefully moral, honest, faithful, caring, sharing, concerned about others more than themselves, self-giving, willing to die for what they believe in. You know the type, Father McBrien? Didn't think so.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2007 1:22 PM ET USA

    "Yes Dick, I imagine we would have people wholeheartedly committed to their calling." Could this man be more of an ass?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2007 12:27 PM ET USA

    Answer: Isaac Newton, bonehead.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2007 12:06 PM ET USA

    Great title, Uncle Di !!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2007 12:00 PM ET USA

    "non-negotiable requirement" is the kind of phrase appropriate for a job description. It's the language the professional Catholics at VOTF understand.