Religious take a “vow of celibacy.” I take it that is equivalent to a vow to refrain from marriage. I mean, why vow to not have sex outside of marriage? It’s a sin–of course, a priest or nun is bound by duty to God to refrain from sex outside of marriage.
A religious cannot be married, therefore he may not have sex. All unmarried people may not have sex.
Yet, sexual indiscretions for priests (and I’m talking about normal heterosexual consenting adult sex) seems to be popularly considered as worse than for laypeople. Granted, it is more shocking–and should be: priests/nuns are expected to be setting a good example. But is it any worse–in an absolute sense–for them to do so than for the rest of us? And if not, shouldn’t we be hearing about that? (Of course, I can’t remember ever hearing a homily about chastity in my whole life. Lectures in Catholic school, yes, but never at Mass.)