Samstag, 17. August 2013

If celibacy were a miserable sacrifice…


…one would hardly know it from the joyous ritual. – Fr. Joseph Jenkins hat vor wenigen Tagen auf Bloggerpriest einen sehr schönen Beitrag über den priesterlichen Zölibat veröffentlicht, in dem er auf die Berufung der Jungfrauen und den Ritus der Consecratio virginum eingeht – Priestly celibacy – consecrated virginity:
Suppressed for a time, it is fitting that this vocation should be restored in a day and age when most do not prize virginity. Much that is said about it could also be said of priestly celibacy, although the priest is signified on the male or groom side of the analogy. Those who fault priestly celibacy would even more ruthlessly attack consecrated virgins. However, this opposition is more the reason why both celibacy and virginity must be preserved as constitutive features for callings in the Church.

Note that virginity is accented as a great honor or benefit. It makes possible an elevation of dignity. If celibacy were a miserable sacrifice, one would hardly know it from the joyous ritual.
Einigermaßen schockiert war ich über den Kommentator, der ganz unverblümt schreibt, eines Tages werde Father Joe wohl aufwachen, auf sein Leben zurückblicken und feststellen, daß sein Opfer vergebens gewesen sei. Schade, derjenige hat weder den Artikel verstanden, noch die Intention des Fathers, noch zeigt er Anstand. Ich meine, wer geht denn herum und erzählt Leuten, ihre Berufung wäre nichts wert oder sie hätten ihr Leben verschwendet? (Interessanterweise kam mir dann in den Sinn, daß dies vielen geweihten Jungfrauen so oder anders durchaus schon passiert ist. Nichtsdestotrotz ist man erstaunt, wenn es geschieht.)
A Christian culture and society has collapsed all around us into a neo-pagan one. Values have not merely shifted but in some cases, reversed. Virginity was once regarded as such a premium that theologians had to make concerted efforts to protect and support matrimony. But today it is virginity that is spurned while marriage, or at least sexual congress, is paraded as essential and in unqualified demand.

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