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Monday, August 29, 2011

East vs West: Celibate or Married Priesthood?

I am currently engaging in an exchange with the blogging Preoteasa, or "Priest's Wife", who runs the popular blog, "Fear Not Little Flock". It was in response to a post entitled, "You Know You're a Priest's Wife When ...".

I basically take the position that the Western practice of a celibate priesthood as enshrined in its theology is incompatible with the Eastern practice of a married priesthood.

I believe that this is merely the logical extension of the argument made by Dr. Peters with regards to Canon 277 (for which he was unjustly criticized by many with a number of fallacious rebuttals, reductio ad absurdiams that did not address the issues, and arguments from ignorance by those who had not read his article and those who were too uneducated in the pertinent issues to really form a proper opinion). Dr. Peters seems to imply (in the above link) that this is pretty much where his research has led him to as well. Dr. Peters and I kind of "partnered" in debating Deacon Bill Ditewig and other deacons and lay people on Deacon Bill's blog.

Here is my argument in a nutshell (although it has covered a lot of other side-issues):

""I say it is illogical because of Paul VI's encyclical, "Sacerdotalis Caelibatus". He begins by saying that many want the Church to make celibacy optional (as they do in the East), but then goes on to give 12 reasons why it is better to have a celibate priesthood than a priesthood which is generally married (as in the East). Now, if he were to have said, "both Eastern and Western traditions are good, we have each done them this way for centuries, and each works for their respective rites", then I would not say it is illogical. But as it is, Paul VI went on to state why it is better, for 12 different reasons, to have a celibate clergy than a married clergy. Realizing how this reflects on the Eastern practice, Paul VI makes the attempt to synthesize in paragraphs 38-40, but does so unsuccessfully. It remains a contradiction. If I were to press the Holy Pontiff or those who defend his position further, this would become clear.""

I have posted this paragraph twice, and I have yet to receive a rebuttal.


UPDATE

As per Priest's Wife's suggestion ("I doubt that jen will come back to comment because she doesn't like to 'take over' someone's blo- maybe if you click over to her blog and question her, she will answer"), I went to the blog of one of the people arguing against me - Jen - and posted further comments on her blog. Her response was to deny me access to her blog henceforth and to post the following on my blog, in the combox of the post in which I announced my return to blogging: "please use your own blog as a bully pulpit and stay off of mine".

Priest's Wife also ended the conversation, saying "I believe that it is time for you to publish your thoughts on your blog. I wish you well- but I do not agree with your conclusions." In other words, she said I was wrong, but did not say or show why I was wrong nor respond to my points.

*Sigh*

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Longsuffering Writer Returns to Blogging

I am pleased to announce that "The Longsuffering Writer" is making his return to blogging!

Three things led to my hiatus beginning in December:

1. I was frustrated that my original purpose for starting the blog was not being met.

2. I needed to revise two of my manuscripts and continue work on the third, which necessitated I step back from blogging.

3. Life got a little bit "interesting", I guess you could say, and I had to deal with some people and issues.

However, these no longer apply.

1. Looking back on it now, I think the blog was a lot more successful than I originally thought, because although it may not have helped me much in fulfilling that original purpose, there are other benefits that have come from it that I did not see at the time and other benefits that I could see it potentially having.

2. "An Acceptable Sacrifice" has been revised and the revision of "The New and The Old" is well on its way. I also discovered that doing a little writing on the side unrelated to my manuscripts (including personal correspondences and other letters) can help me "snap out" of those frequent dry spells and writer's blocks.

3. Life is back to normal, which for me, still isn't all that normal. (lol) I mean that in a good way.

So "whither the blog", you may ask?

x. Although I have no interest in reviving the Theology of the Body debate, I do want to take care of unfinished business. I had planned before my "blogging sabbatical" to write a couple summary pieces on Christopher West's theology and approach, which I will do. I also told Sr. Lorraine almost a year ago that I would share some more of my thoughts on the Easter Candle with her, and I hate assuring someone I will do something and then not do it. There were three parts to it, and I stalled out after the second part, so I want to finish that up.

x. I have written some letters and reflections in the last nine months that I would like to post excerpts of.

x. There are a number of pertinent issues I think need to be tackled.

x. More than anything, I will be visiting other blogs and doing a substantial amount of commenting and engaging because that will help my blog and help me achieve my goals.