Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

 

 Celibacy of roman catholic priests is especially foolish when you realise the reason behind it. Before the middle ages it was acceptable for priests to have multiple wives and mistresses (concubines). But with concerns for protecting Church property from inheritance, Pope Pelagius I made new priests agree offspring could not inherit Church property. Pope Gregory then declared all sons of priests illegitimate. [ Daughters did not inherit anyway in society].

It has been alleged by liberated Christians that by far the group that has the highest rate of HIV infection of any occupation is Catholic priests from gay relationships. If celibacy is so unnatural, regardless of modern definitions of orientation, few can remain celibate.  The whole celibacy nonsense was the result of middle age gnostic influences that taught that the body was dirty and not spiritual and to be more spiritual you had to avoid natural sexuality.

In 1022 Pope Benedict VIII banned marriages and mistresses for priests and in 1139 Pope Innocent II voided all marriages of priests and all new priests had to divorce their wives. This had nothing to do with morality, multiple women for males had long been the norm since before biblical times, but it was about MONEY! In biblical times many wives, concubines and breeders was common in the Tanakh, Jewish priests suggest 4 wives was probably about the right number. Not only were priests and bishops becoming wealthier, they were becoming worldier. Many were married, others just had “open marriages” – concubines. The priests and bishops were begetting sons regarded the endowments being made to the church as personal property. So the same rollicking clerics were setting themselves up as landed gentry and passing the fortunes along to their primogenitor sons and heirs. Chiara Offreduccio, became one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of Friars known as the Franciscans. The city of Assisi in northern Italy celebrates their devotion to each other and to the scriptures.

The rich, the thoughtful ones, who understood that their earthly goods were barriers to heaven, were delighted to hand over chunks of wealth to the priests and bishops as a down payment on easier transmission from one place to the next. It would be this excess of wealth that Henry V111 confiscated in 1547. Hence the reason when visiting an English church, you will find its benefactor and lordly relations lying in sacophogus close to the altar. The less important were interred in the body of the church. The peasants were buried in the church grounds and those who defied the church were left outside its boundaries – usually in a grave dug on a north/south axis.

In the 11th century, five popes in a row said accepted the status quo. Then came the tough Tuscan Pope, Gregory VII. He overreacted. He told married priests they couldn’t say Mass, and ordered the laity not to attend Masses said by married priests and naughty priests. The obvious happened. Members of the laity soon were complaining they had nowhere to go to Mass.Two 15th-century church councils, proposed to reintroduce clerical marriage. These proposals were fought back by a group of ultra-orthodox church leaders, how ‘modern’ that sounds! The power hungry then began to give out the impression that celibacy was of apostolic origin, which of course is a falsehood. New doctrines were drip fed into the masses to ensure power remained with an elite few. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. 

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