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Should Catholic priests be allowed to married?
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TrueKyoLover wrote:


starcrossed23 wrote:

Here's a fun fact...the church now says that it's okay for a woman to obtain a divorce and remarry and not be considered an adulteress...as long as she never consummates the relationship. The minute they have sex...she's condemned to the fires of hell. quote]




If a woman gets married, and then gets divorced, then gets remarried and has sex with that guy, then THAT is committing adultery. However, if after the divorce, she gets an annulment, (that means that according to the Church she was never married) then gets remarried and has sex, then that is NOT commiting adultery, because she got that annulment.


The catholic church doesn't allow you to get an annumlent if you've consummated the relationship. Also, the church won't allow you to get an annulment and a divorce...it's kind of a one or the other type deal since they mean different things. Annulments are allowed for only a short period of time...bascially to ensure that you married the person you thought you were marrying. If they lied to you about who they were...you can get an annulment. If you just changed your mind...no such luck.
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If it'll keep the peversion at bay, yes. Hell I can't see why they won't let them marry anyways.
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There is a Catholic Church in my country that allows Priest to get married.
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Priests should get married, because theyre human beings. they cant play like God or Jesus.
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"most" catholic priests cant marry, but pastors i think could, ah IDK what im saying. lol
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The Church will never allow priests to marry. Why? It has to do with how the church views the priesthood as something of high priority and having a family could distract the priest from his religious duties. It also has to deal with how Jesus lived on Earth. Scripture tells us that Jesus never married and the Church deems it the same for its priests. (I go to a catholic high school and I had to take a course on church history =/)
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I think if priests were allowed to marry, it would be really hard on their wives when they molested children. So no.
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i dont know, maybe it's okae...
but then who wants to have a father who is a catholic priest???
it sounds freaky ya know...
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^^^My good friend's dad is an episcopalian minister, which is pretty similar to a catholic priest. He was actually one of the cooler parents when we were growing up. But yeah, I agree that religious figures can be kind of creepy.
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My teacher talked about that today in Religion. I'm not sure why they can't get married-maybe I should have paid more attention. Apparently, it has some stuff to do with something, etc.
But, you can always quit being a priest and get married after that! But, you can't become a priest if you already were married previously. Stinks for them.
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dontmindifido wrote:

I think if priests were allowed to marry, it would be really hard on their wives when they molested children. So no.


Wow, that was a stupid thing to say. You know, not all priests molest children. Those perverts chose to be a priest, because a lot of people would listen to what a priest is saying, right? Well, they think that if they tell a little kid that stuff like that is okay, then they will believe him. It is not just Catholic priests who molest kids! There are other people who molest kids, and I don't see anybody saying any crap against those other people. I only see people saying things about priests. People are assuming that ALL priests molest kids. If you are one of those people who think that, then you REALLY need to open your eyes.
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starcrossed23 wrote:

actually catholic priests were allowed to marry once upon a time. Holy mother church took away that right because when a man became a priest the church was obligated to give him a parcel of land. However, when the priest died...the land would be passed onto his children....the church felt that this was far too costly so, the came up with this new bylaw that stated that men of the cloth should remain chaste in order to demonstrate their commitment to the lord. Wow, makes you proud to be catholic, huh?

Sereph, I don't consider myself an expert on catholism or anything... but in the course of my studies and thanks to the fact that I was raised in a Catholic household and went to Catholic school during my formative years I have a little insight. Honestly, you're right...they do run the church by human standards of morality which more often than not are motivated by finances rather than "the Word."
Here's a fun fact...the church now says that it's okay for a woman to obtain a divorce and remarry and not be considered an adulteress...as long as she never consummates the relationship. The minute they have sex...she's condemned to the fires of hell. Also, can somebody explain to me that if God is infallible...and God created all of us in his image...why does the church comndemn homosexuality. Since it's been medically proven that homosexuality can be explained physiologically, doesn't that mean that God's divine plan is flawed? So many lovely contradictions.


Don’t know about the Catholics, but in my nondenominational church (no specific sect, we just take Gods word for his word and other than that it’s just what we feel he tells us personally) we believe that homosexuality is wrong but it’s not right to condemn homosexuals. The bible says that homosexuality is a curse God has left on men who had sexual relations with one another and their descendants. I believe, personally, that those guys were not born Gay. However, because of them, there are people born gay. Also, it’s not medically proven that people are born gay.


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Have you ever read the Catholic bible? If you haven't, you may see something different. There is more books. That happened when Martin Luther decided to seperate from the Catholic Church. (If you already knew that, then good for you! ^-^) When Martin Luther left the Church, he took the books out of the bible that dealt with the eucharist, saints, etc. Then he formed the Lutherin Church. What kind of traditions do you mean? Do you mean like Lent, or what?

About "the Catholic church was teaching that people had to -pay- to get indulgences in order to be forgiven for their sin.", I never heard of that before, but I shall ask our Monsignor about it. And about the Pope. We do not praise him. Same with saints. We don't praise them either. I am a convert, and I myself don't really know why they hold the pope in such high power, but I do know, (of course) why he is important. I don't really know about the "feud" between the Catholics and Muslims. And in my town, Catholics are discriminated because we pray to Mary, and Saints and stuff. We have a hard time explaining that we do not worship them, we just ask them to pray for us, because they are close to God. Asking Mary, or St. Francis of Assissi, or Padre Pio, or St. Anthony of Padua, etc, is just like asking someone in your church to pray for your family or you or whatever. Just Mary and them are closer. If I didn't answer any of your other questions, is because I don't know the answer, so I shall ask our priests.


I see. I didn’t know they had more books. Actually I was taught that the Catholics actually tried to burn a lot of books from the bible. I read that indulgence thing in a text book, I don’t recall which. Honestly the book itself seemed to have something against Catholics.

You know, everyone is talking about how human these people are. A few weeks ago that wouldn’t have meant so much to me. But, this Sunday, I went to this little Baptist church on the request of my friend (I’m not Baptist but it’s the same God, and I have nothing but respect for people’s freedom of religion) and a guy I know preached. A human, who’s made mistakes that I know about. Who’s sinned. I’ve heard preachers talk about how they’ve sinned, but it never hit me until that day. I realized I had been thinking of my preachers and stuff is like… Somehow more than human. Lower than god, but more than human.
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^ just meant it as a joke. Guess it wasn't funny though. Apologies.
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dontmindifido wrote:

I think if priests were allowed to marry, it would be really hard on their wives when they molested children. So no.


Well, because Catholic priests/people of other religious orders are celibate and can't marry, the orders often attract gays/lesbians. So, that wouldn't happen, and your comment is not logical.
EDIT: It was sort of funny in how it didn't make sense...

The whole point of being a priest is to devote yourself entirely to the Church, and to become like Jesus as much as possible. This obviously rules out tempting yourself with anything that would make you sin, and Lust is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and is to be avoided.

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^ wow, thank you so much. that is a really good point.
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