Monday, January 30, 2006

The Curt Jester on "I'm sexually active, but only once a week

Hat tip to David over at Cosmos-Sex-Liturgy.

The Curt Jester ain't making this up!
The following is not a parody.
Q In your last column, you said it wasn't necessary to list hobbies (especially unpopular ones) on a resumé. I'm a 26-year-old, gay male thinking seriously about entering the Catholic priesthood. I'm sexually active, but only once a week, at a Saturday night club with a small group of friends. I think of that as my hobby.

Given the Catholic Church's stance on gays in seminary, do I have to tell them about this? After all, even if I kept this up after ordination, I'd still be as celibate as most other priests.

A Celibacy is like pregnancy: either you are, or you aren't. You aren't, and more to the point aren't prepared to be.

The Catholic Church does not consider its priests "employees;" the relationship, according to doctrine which you'd have to affirm, is more like marriage between the priest and the Church. So, yes, tell them. Whether other priests are celibate is not your concern; "everybody's doing it" is a poor basis for ethical decisions. The fact that the Church's stance on gays in the priesthood is morally wrong is also irrelevant. They've taken their position, you know what it is, so 'fess up and let the pieces fall where they may.
Now, they say that in the land of the blind, the man with one eye is king. However, I can't help but wonder what kind of darkness both Q and A live in. Never mind Q's ridiculously narcissistic position for the moment; how hard is A thrashing about to find virtue?

The one encouraging note in A's response is the writer's attempt to articulate some approximation of prudence. Perhaps more consistent attempts to imitate the Stoics in upholding such virtues may help awaken such Reasonable commentators. But, of course, A had to get that dig against the Eeevil homophobic Church in there. Ah, well.

Go read the whole thing!