…Here, in confirming that he and his wife will observe “celibacy” after his ordination to the priesthood, the deacon makes the single most common error one sees in this whole matter, namely, confusing “celibacy” (the determination not to marry) with “continence” (the determination not to engage in sexual relations). Now, Canon 277 expects perfect and perpetual continence of all clerics in the West, married or single, but canon law does not expect celibacy of all clerics. The deacon is hardly alone is making this terminological mistake. We all know what he meant…. (Source)
Don’t lose your head. That’s just the opinion of one Canon lawyer. Here is the resolution.
Loved this joke at the end of it:
I’m reminded of an old joke.
A devout Catholic asks his parish priest, “Father is it permissible for my wife and I to make love before Mass on Sunday?”
And the priest replied: ”Certainly. Just don’t block the aisles.”
p.s. Canon 277 clearly does not apply to married priests or married deacons because Canon 277 does not envision covering their situations:
1983 CIC 277. § 1. Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy which is a special gift of God by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and are able to dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and humanity. § 2. Clerics are to behave with due prudence towards persons whose company can endanger their obligation to observe continence or give rise to scandal among the faithful. § 3. The diocesan bishop is competent to establish more specific norms concerning this matter and to pass judgment in particular cases concerning the observance of this obligation.
The obligation to continence in the law is clearly speaking about SINGLE men because it speaks in the context of celibacy. Celibacy, by the Church’s definition, is broader than simply being continent, since it also includes being unmarried. Therefore, this canon does not apply to married men who become deacons or priests in the Catholic Church. Socon or Bust readers will remember the case of the Lesbian Catholic Buddhist and the dust up that Ed Peters was involved with in that one. It seems that Ed’s off the mark with this one too.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a big fan of celibacy. But I’m not a big fan of Ed’s interpretations.
On “Late Show with David Letterman,” the CBS host said he was “stunned” and “fascinated” by Anthony Weiner’s predicament. He then said the following: “Honest to God, is this the kind of behavior you’d expect from a congressman! No. In simple terms, no. It is not the kind of behavior you’d expect from a congressman. It is the kind of behavior you’d expect from a priest.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:
In addition to Rep. Weiner, the following members of Congress have been involved in cases of sexual improprieties in recent years: Rep. Chris Lee, Rep. Mark Souder, Rep. Eric Massa, Rep. Vito Fossella, Rep. Mark Foley, Rep. Gerry Studds, Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. Daniel Crane, Sen. Larry Craig, Sen. David Vitter, Sen. John Edwards and Sen. John Ensign. In addition, the following governors have a sordid record: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gov. Jim Gibbons, Gov. Jim McGreevey, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Mark Sanford and Gov. Bob Wise. President Bill Clinton was similarly compromised.
Regarding priests, 149 of them are responsible for 27 percent of all the alleged cases of abuse over the past half-century—out of a total of 100,000 priests. More important, almost no priests today are the subject of allegations.
We know one thing for sure: the average person working for David Letterman is far more likely to have been the subject of sexual harassment—by him, no less—than those working for a priest. Perhaps the next time he will be more accurate and compare himself to Weiner. But he should note one caveat: Weiner, so far as we know, is unlike Letterman in this respect—he did not commit adultery, never mind serial adultery.
Contact Kimberly Izzo-Emmet, director of “Late Night” publicity: firstname.lastname@example.org
They’re Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door.
This is so relevant even in the Catholic Church today when there is so much abuse of episcopal and church authority by Bishops and the Professional Catholic class….
A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas and talked with an old rancher. He told the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher said, “Okay , but don’t go in that field over there…..”, as he pointed out the location. The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, ” Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me !”
Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. “See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish…. On any land !! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear……do you understand ?!!” The rancher nodded politely, apologized and went about his chores.
A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher’s big Santa Gertrudis bull…… With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer and it seemed likely that he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.
The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs…..
One day while he was at the track playing the ponies and all but losing his shirt, Mitch noticed a priest who stepped out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race.
The CCCB investigated allegations involving five such groups in Mexico. They concluded that the charges were “unfounded” and declared that CCODP was “cleared of suspicion”. Nevertheless, the bishops and CCODP launched a joint process of “renewal” for the organization, to be guided by the Pope’s social encyclical Caritas in Veritate.
I see the Catholic lapdog press wants to keep repeating the same old tired line. How pathetic can they be when the evidence and the pictures from Mexico are staring them right in the face? Hey, I just had a thought: why doesn’t Fr. Rosica, CEO priest of our “Channel of Hope”, produce a documentary featuring the guy in the mask and ask him how the bucks from D&P has transformed his life? I’m sure that would be one helluva production. I pledge to buy 20 copies.