Sunday 18 March 2018

Issue of celibacy is key to unfolding scandals

CHILD sexual abuse is a problem that will raise its ugly head time and time again unless the Vatican addresses the fundamental issue of celibacy. A law whose only purpose was to protect Vatican property introduced by the Second Lateran Council in 1139 flies in the face of the greatest human endeavour -- our drive to reproduce.

It may not be the only cause but is a major contributory factor. Every living organism on this planet is here for one reason and one reason only -- be it for a day, a week or years -- and that is to reproduce.

For those priests who advocate change, the words of St Paul should form a solid foundation stone: "It is better to marry than to burn."

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