Thursday, March 25, 2010

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Considering the recent charges against a number of priests in the Catholic Church, do you think the church should cancel the obligation that they practice celibacy?


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Lukas und Céline Kuhs said...

I think, that celibacy derives from Plato's body/soul distinction and (hence?) a wrong understanding of Paul.

Celibacy can help a lot for workers in Christ's kingdom. But it is no MUST. And therefore it should be no must in the church.

All these sexual assaults show that most of those (devoted!) men, do NOT have this gift of the spirit: celibacy.

I think it is awful and not wise to put such an obligation on those men.

(It's funny, but I just read your paper on 1. Corinthians 7 this week, as a matter of fact. Had been reading quite some things on this topic at the beginning of the year...)

Greg said...

Thanks. True, Paul seems to be misunderstood on this one. The obligatory requirement for celibacy goes against his notion of it being a gift. Glad to hear that you read the 1 Corinthians 7 paper that I had published in the Evangelical Quarterly some time ago.

Priests should be free to decide whether or not they have this gift.

Lukas und Céline Kuhs said...

I have it from here...

Greg said...

I believe it can be downloaded from the blog on the left sidebar with some of my other publications. Check them out.