For years I’ve defended clergical celibacy.
I spent a good many years celibate myself and I know that there are times it’s difficult, but it’s not at all impossible for a healthy adult male to be celibate. At least it wasn’t so horrible, etc., for me.
But reading on the recent Munich boys choir, and the ongoing, ongoing, ongoing----neverending ongoing—story about priestly sexual abuse----well, I’m starting to wonder if married priests aren’t such a bad idea.
NOTE: teachers and social workers are more likely than technical fields to have sexual predators. More and more, we’re uncovering cases of female teachers abusing boys. . . something I think the previous generations hadn’t much considered possible.
NOTE: it’s good to weed out persons with sexual difficulties/confusion prior to ordination. It’s good to see this happening.
NOTE: in the past, the best science on this subject, suggested that sexual predators could be retrained, “reformed,” and we should not condemn officials who acted in good faith upon the most recent scientific beliefs.
NOTE: in the past, what is now considered abuse was considered discipline and punishment. If you’re over the age of 50, you know much of what I mean. Things changed in the 1980s.