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Pope Francis spoke of being 'dazzled' by girl, possible change of celibacy rule

Pope Francis suggested in an interview last year that the Catholic Church's rule that priests be celibate "can change" and admitted he was tempted by a woman as a young seminarian.

He said that the married clergy of the Eastern churches are "very good priests" and those pushing for the same in Roman Catholicism do so "with a certain pragmatism."

by Anonymousreply 1803/22/2013

I hold out no hope, but maybe, just maybe, this pope is more enlightened than others on the issue of priests' celibacy.

by Anonymousreply 103/21/2013

I can't understand how celibacy factors into job performance. The rule was probably invented way back when to explain why certain brethren weren't interested in women. And the minority ruled.

by Anonymousreply 203/21/2013

So that's why he's pope now, they actually found a hetero priest!

by Anonymousreply 303/21/2013

It's those South American nuns and their absolutely tantalizing Brazilian waxes.

by Anonymousreply 403/21/2013

[quote]Pope Francis spoke of being 'dazzled' by girl....

Mary!

by Anonymousreply 503/21/2013

From what I understand, the celibacy thing came into existence so that no woman would be able to inherit the assets of a priest. The money would stay in the Church.

If they acted rationally, the Church would allow priests to marry and get rid of this idiotic sexual repression that manifests in horrible, abusive, negative ways, ie child sexual abuse.

by Anonymousreply 603/21/2013

OP, I've seen the non-English interview. You thread title should have read "guuurrrl".

by Anonymousreply 703/21/2013

Was he really dazzled by a girl or does he want us to believe he was?

by Anonymousreply 803/21/2013

"From what I understand, the celibacy thing came into existence so that no woman would be able to inherit the assets of a priest."

Sons got the inheritances in those days, they couldn't have a priest leaving the local church, abbey, or vicarage to his son!

But celibacy dates back to the earliest days of Christianity, when it was the only way to free yourself from mainstream existence. Non-celibates were married young and by arrangement, and spent their whole lives in a morass of family obligations. In a society without birth control or choice in marriage, it was the only way to live a life devoted to faith.

by Anonymousreply 903/21/2013

No. It was important that the church not compete dynastically with emerging secular powers. That was not a concern in the eastern churches which the pope ALSO overseas, and so their parish priests are allowed to marry (although bishops and such are not). Only the Roman curia are not allowed to marry, and it was always to prevent families of priests from becoming entrenched and rich and powerful in the same way that feudal military lords were.

by Anonymousreply 1003/21/2013

Traditionally, priests never took vows of poverty, right? Only monastic groups and nuns. All they would have had to do is impose of vow of poverty on the priesthood, as well. Though they could receive a stipend from whomever as salary for their services so they could raise families. Just like Protestant traditions. I'm sure I'm being too simplistic.

by Anonymousreply 1103/21/2013

That was a misqoute. He said that he was Bedazzled by a girl and loves his improved jean jacket.

by Anonymousreply 1203/21/2013

Francis is South American and fits the stereotype. Says he loved tango and women before he joined the priesthood and even had a girlfriend.

by Anonymousreply 1303/21/2013

Latin America has its share of hot shemales.

by Anonymousreply 1403/22/2013

[quote]Was he really dazzled by a girl or does he want us to believe he was?

Exactly what I was going to say!

by Anonymousreply 1503/22/2013

He loves pre-pubescent male feet. That's his only love.

by Anonymousreply 1603/22/2013

Wow, R3. I hear the odds of that are even worse than winning powerball.

by Anonymousreply 1703/22/2013

"girl" = hunky Brazilian male escort

by Anonymousreply 1803/22/2013
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