The stream of daily reports of paedophile priests in the Catholic Church is continuing. The Pope condemns media attacks on the Church. While the media focus is on the symptom, paedophile priests, and the Catholic Church is in a desperate damage control mode, little is said about the cause.
The most striking factor is that this is mainly confined to the Catholic Church. In other Christian dominations there is the odd individual, but in the Catholic Church paedophilia has become institutionalized. This is found in Catholic religious education establishments. Priests in charge of Catholic tuition abuse their place of trust. Where was the Catholic counselling for those abused children. Why is this so?
Catholic statutes for priests do not follow the Bible, not even the Roman Catholic Bible, so there is no excuse for any Bible versions discussion. Until recently it was a mortal sin for a Catholic to read the Bible. Centuries ago Christians who helped distribute the Bible were burned at the stake.
Pope Benedict has encouraged Catholics to read the Bible, but still does not allow reasonable discussion of obvious faulty teaching. There the Pope interprets the Bible and the followers obey like sheep.
What does the Bible say on the subject?
In Matthew chapter 19 verses 9 to 12, Jesus speaking to his disciples about divorce said this:
“And I say to you, whosoever shall divorce his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery: and whoso marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
His disciples said to him, “If this is the position of a man in relation to his wife, it is better not to be married.”
But Jesus said to them, “All men cannot receive this saying, except those to whom it is given. For there are men who, from birth, were without sex: and there are some who were made so by men: and there are others who have made themselves so for the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to take it, let him take it.”
That last two paragraphs are in more modern English, as thess are crucial verses on this topic.
Paul, who chose to live a celibate life, writing to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians chapter 7 verses 6 to 9 says:
“But this I say as my opinion, and not as an order of the Lord. It is my desire that all men might be even as I am. But every man has the power of his special way of life given him by God, one in this way and one in that. But I say to the unmarried and to the widows, it is good for them to be even as I am. But if they have not self-control let them get married; for married life is better than the burning of desire.”
Paul's states specifically and clearly that this is his opinion. It is not God's Law.
In his first letter to Timothy Paul writes in chapter 3 what is considered God's Word about priests. This is the Scripture the Catholic Church should follow, and not Paul's celibacy opinion:
“This is a true saying, a man desiring the position of a Bishop has a desire for a good work. The Bishop, then, is to be a man of good name, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, serious-minded, having respect for order, opening his house freely to guests, a ready teacher; not quickly moved to wrath or blows, but gentle; no fighter, no lover of money. Ruling his house well, having his children under control with all serious behaviour, for if a man has not the art of ruling his house, how will he take care of the church of God? And he is to have a good name among those outside the church, so that nothing may be said against him and he may not be taken by the designs of the Evil One.”
It is clearly up to the individual to make a decision on celibacy or marriage. Paul chose celibacy, but Peter, who the Catholics consider to have been the first Pope, was married.
The problem with paedophile priests appears to be an unbiblical celibacy-institutionalizing rule.
(Bible quotes are from The Bible in Basic English)