Imposed Celibacy on Priests: Is it Biblical?
We go again to this book - the sickest book of all time - the Modern Catholic Dictionary. Nobody questions it despite its many faults and has since replaced the Bible by Catholic popular usage and preference. Its license to change biblical meanings and carve out its own has been derived from Catholic traditions, papal announcements, history, and writings of the past.
This time we refer to two terms: sacrament and celibacy - both endemic to Catholic culture - but we will focus on the second. According to the Modern Catholic Dictionary, here’s what sacrament means -
If the definition of “sacrament” is a sensible sign instituted by Christ by which invisible grace and inward sanctification are communicated to the soul, why are priests having received such “grace and sanctification,” forbidden to marry? Nowhere in the scripture can we find that disciples of the true Jesus Christ from the apostles down to the bishops, ministers, evangelists, and deacons of the true church in the Bible are prohibited to marry a woman for a wife! (Emphasis added on female gender due to SSM or same sex marriage happening now).
Note that the following Bible verses indicate that true followers of Christ may have a wife – one wife.
Even the earliest priests during the time of the Israelites, the Levites, were not prohibited to marry!
God knows our body constitution. He knows our desires, and being the Great Providence that He is, He provides even what we hanker for and help realize our aspirations.
Nothing that comes from God may cause harm or evil to a recipient.
While it is true that there are Christians who are called and are given the gift of being “single,” it is equally true that there are those serving the Lord and given the gift of marriage - to a wife - from God!
What is pronounced better by the word of God written by the Apostle Paul cannot be less than what is being implemented by Catholic authorities: celibacy.
This definition of “celibacy” is a blatant and a vulgar lie! Their history betrays them and shows the lie in their definition of “celibacy”!
Catholic Encyclopedia through Herbert Thurston admits that in the New Testament there is no indication of celibacy being made compulsory either upon the Apostles or those whom they ordained. ("Celibacy of the Clergy." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 3. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. 23 Jul. 2015 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03481a.htm>.
But because virginity is a value to supposed ministry workers, celibacy came to be imposed, according to this Jesuit and liturgical scholar. After saying “in the language of our Savior and of St. Paul, virginity is the higher call, and by inference, as the condition befitting those who are set apart for the work of the ministry,” he lays out the deep principle involved -
After much discourse on virginity, we learn that the confused Catholic meaning of celibacy is going without partners, and if married, to - of necessity - detach oneself from the union. Still on Herbert Thurston’s historical accounts -
The victory of celibacy, he said, began to be marked in 1123 by virtue of Cannon XX1 when “all conjugal relations on the part of the clergy in sacred orders were reduced in the eyes of canon law to mere concubinage.”
If Peter was the first pope of Rome in the Roman Catholic Church, why will he impose celibacy as obligatory like the Catholic Church has done? In fact, Peter was a married man.
The Catholic Church cannot escape the biblical charges being imposed on them by the Apostle Paul! They are teaching doctrines of demons!
Why “doctrines of demons?” Because it is camouflaged in hypocrisy! Beyond the mask is the real person and when there is no more way to escape, the truth comes out!
Here’s a teaser for news on sexual abuses committed by Catholic clergy. The news says 508 people had suffered from abuse of the clergy for a period of 50 years and so the Archdiocese would award $660 million -
Fast-forward to 2013, the same Roman Catholic Archdiocese’s “settlement tally is nearly $700 million to date,”Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA TODAY reported.
Why do all these things happen in the RCC? Because they don't believe in the words of God written by Paul that "It is better to marry than to burn!"
I fully understand the plight of Catholic priests. They are humans. They have lusts. They are enticed by their own lusts.
Should one profess to remain unmarried, especially for religious reasons, it should come from his own volition and not imposed. News are rife with accounts of fornication and sexual abuse of children as the usual results of celibacy.
It is the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, who, for reasons only known to them, prohibit a priest to live in the grace of the true Lord Jesus of serving God with a partner!
One probable reason I am thinking of is that maybe if Catholic priests were allowed to marry and have children, the wealth of the Vatican would by force be distributed to legal heirs!
Whatever it is, for me, there is no problem nor will there be any question or doubt if a man by his own free will chooses to be a celibate. It is provided for in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God knows best! If He sees that it will be better for a man to sufficiently serve Him with a woman partner, He will give him a partner, and doing that is part of God’s will. There are several examples in the Bible that tell us so.
There was this Aquila who served the Lord efficiently with his wife, Priscilla.
If the Roman Catholic Church claims that their church is a continuation of the church administered by the Apostles, it can be true but obviously in this sense: The Apostles forewarned the early Christians that after their death or departure grievous wolves will enter the flock and make captives the disciples to follow their wrong teachings and caprices!
Many, indeed, will be captives!
The Catholic Church maybe the unfruitful branch of the vine mentioned by the Lord Jesus Christ in His parable.
They may also be the group prophetically mentioned by the Apostle Paul to be turning away from the truth and will turn into fables.
They separated from the true church to be manifested that they are the “anti-Christ”!
How can we tell? By their doctrines, by their practices – beginning with defining terms their own way and deciding which is true by their own standards.
More of these to come.