A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call asking me what I thought about the latest news concerning an ex roman priest who wrote a book. He was making his way on the morning news shows telling everyone about his life, his love, his leaving Rome and going to England.
I have no problem with a guy leaving—remember, I have a glass house.
I have no problem with a guy wrestling with love and celibacy and all that—I know it all too well
I even have no problem with a guy who decides to go over to the cousin’s house and hang—I also became an Episcopal priest when I left and felt as though my family and I had no home.
However, I do have a problem with the argument he is using—and sadly enough I also used it at one time. It went something like this:
1. Rome shouldn’t be a voice of morality. (Men with pointy hats ought to stay out of the bedroom)
2. Did you know that there was a time when the Popes had mistresses and children? So why should the church now require celibacy of its clergy?
Let me get this straight--"I don’t want to follow (or belong to) the Roman Catholic Church when it comes to some things but I will appeal to that same Church's history when it did something in the past that I agree with and fits my life today. " ??