So a Catholic Cardinal in Scotland, over many years and usually having drunk too much, came on to 3 priests and an ex-priest. He was a moderate on social issues early on, then began to sound homophobic. A victim of the Catholic Church’s desire to keep its money to itself.
Celibacy was instituted in the 12th century – because priest’s sons had started to ask for inheritances from their fathers.
Frank Bruni has an excellent column in the New York Times today – about loneliness, and the true costs of celibacy to the church.
We are all meant to live in community. The cruelty of the church, which sounds like nothing Jesus said or ever would have said, is beyond all bounds of humanity.
And for me, that institution continues to prove that religion can be the enemy of spirituality and a Spirit-centered life.