Considering all the recent events surrounding the mother church, (Catholic) regarding its strongest doctrine which prohibits all member priests from having any form of sexual affair with selves or anyone else and the ongoing protest by 11 high retired priests against such a doctrine, is history about to be made?
Over the years, the church has faced lots of challenges and accusations as regards the doctrine as many priests have been accused of violating it while still holding unto their ordinances.
Are the priests saying they want to be like everyone else?
Currently, there is a seriously revolt against this stand by the catholic church as a group of 11 retired priests who had served the church for years, have sent an open letter to church requiring her to put an end to the doctrine and allow priests to make their own decisions.
They said every priest should be allowed to decide whether or not they want to stay celibate just like it is done among every other congregations except the Catholic Church.
One of the retired priests, Franz Decker while speaking to DW about their movement in support of the abolishment of celibacy dogma among Catholic priests, said;
“We believe that requiring that every man who becomes a priest to remain celibate is not acceptable. We think, every Catholic should be allowed to choose if they would rather be celibate or not, regardless of whether they want to work as priests or not – just like in the evangelical Church or the Orthodox Church, really, every church but the Catholic Church.
“What moves us is the experience of loneliness, as elderly people who are unmarried because our office required this from us, we feel it vividly on some days after 50 years on the job… We agreed to this clerical life because of our jobs, but we didn’t choose it.’
Decker and his friends also noted that celibacy might make for a good way of life for priests who live in communal monasteries, like many clergies used to.”
Though the head of the church, Pop Francis has not said a word about this yet, the question in the mouth of everyone is, will the church bow to their demand?
According to DW, “Celibacy – the requirement that a priest refrain from marriage and any type of sexual relationship – has long been controversial in the Catholic church. The ban on marriage for men of God was introduced in the middle ages, arguably in part for practical reasons to assure that priests would bequeath their belongings to the church, rather than a male heir.
“There are no passages in the bible that explicitly require celibacy from priests, though there are both passages that encourage celibacy above all else and passages that promote marriage as the ideal lifestyle. In their letter, the 11 priests quote a passage from the bible that says “a bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife.”
Remember, the celibacy doctrine is as old as almost the church itself and despite all pressures in the past and negative press, the church has been holding on tightly to its roots. But now that the priests themselves are revolting, would there be reconsideration?