Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Leaving the Church

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. " ??