Child Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Priests:
A Call to the RCC Hierarchy to End the Rule of Celibacy
Positive positions in the RCC:
The RCC is to be commended for its consistent stand against abortion (the greatest moral question of our day) and homosexuality. It is also to be commended for its position on marriage as being that of one man/one woman.
The most negative doctrine of the RCC:
Although there were early church fathers who urged priestly celibacy, it was not until the First Lateran Council (1123) that priestly celibacy became dogma. This dogma has had a disastrous effect on the RCC. 1 Timothy 3:2 teaches regarding church leadership: "He must manage his family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church.") This teaching could not be clearer. Roman Catholic dogma has ignored Scripture as it has insisted on priestly celibacy -- foisting a false doctrine on the Church.
In Roman Catholicism extra-biblical dogma (tradition) has been elevated to the level of Scripture. In so doing the RCC has caused irreparable damage to the Church. Priestly celibacy is only one of those extra-biblical dogmas. Salvation on the basis of faith plus works is another dogma with no biblical basis. (Please see Ephesians 2:8-10.)
A call to the Roman Catholic hierarchy to eliminate its dogma of priestly celibacy:
The Roman Catholic Church because of its extra-biblical dogma of priestly celibacy has caused untold damage to thousands of lives - both priests and young altar boys. Now is the time for the RCC to recognize its error and to prevent more child sexual abuse.
Altar boys take on their responsibilities with a sense of awe and respect for their priests.
They believe their priests to be at the pinnacle of holiness and righteous living. When these same priests violate them sexually and betray their trust, what does that does that do their concept of the Church -- and even more seriously - their concept of God? And then, what does that do to their concept of themselves? It is terribly destructive and must be stopped. May God reform the Roman Catholic Church for the good of both priests and altar boys regarding its harmful doctrine of priestly celibacy.