Oh sure, blame celibacy

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 15, 2017

An Australian government commission has called for an end to clerical celibacy.

Right. Because if the headlines of the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that celibacy is the main cause of sexual misconduct. If only politicians, Hollywood executives, comedians, and TV network personalities were allowed to marry!

Oh, wait…

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: mhains8491 - Dec. 19, 2017 9:29 PM ET USA

    The Church does not have any sexual abuse issues with Priests who are celibate, it is the ones who aren't celibate causing the problems.

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Dec. 15, 2017 8:13 PM ET USA

    The commission wants celibacy to be optional. It already is. No one is forced to be a priest.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Dec. 15, 2017 7:42 PM ET USA

    Point well made. Maybe they don't pay attention to USA news

  • Posted by: WNS3234 - Dec. 15, 2017 5:37 PM ET USA

    It is amazing that evidence about celibacy not being the lead cause for sexually abusive behavior has been shoved aside to trumpet "wives' tales" instead of clinical data. There are some folks who will happily deny anything that fails to sync with one's own personal views.