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[–] Vindicator 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Are you thinking married priests will be less prone to degeneracy? The church used to have married priests. They ended up trying to pass on their positions to their kids, and trying to amass wealth for their heirs from charitable contributions. Also, as vicars of Christ, who did not marry but gave himself completely, they can't be an ideal stand in if they have a family.

[–] VeryOffended 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm not saying it would end degeneracy, but I don't think celibacy helps either. You can't only think of the big fish. The small ones can be attracted for degenerate reasons. Are you telling me pedophile priests are devout Catholics? Women and marriage tame moral men. This is for the purpose of having good and competent children to pass on their genetics and values. Men protect and provide in so many ways. How does promising a degenerate person a pass from a traditional relationship and family not attract degenerates from flocking and abusing just bc they can and get away with it?

[–] Vindicator 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

How does promising a degenerate person a pass from a traditional relationship and family not attract degenerates from flocking and abusing just be they can and get away with it?

Obviously, it doesn't. The primary reason for ordained celibacy is to follow the example of Jesus, as I understand it. But it isn't a doctrine of the Church, merely a norm. It's actually something that can be changed.

[–] EffYouJohnPodesta 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

Perhaps a reexamination of the Bible would answer this question. No man comes to the Father except through Christ, not except through a priest standing in for Christ.