Editor's Note:This excellent article is a Remnant translation of "Défense du celibat sacerdotal" by the SSPX French District back in 2013 in its Lettre a nos freres pretres. It can be read in French here. Our translator has not asked for credit but would very much appreciate your prayers for his intentions. MJM
Priestly celibacy, which the Catholic Church has kept for centuries like a sacred jewel, has been, for a number of years, the object of doubts, challenges, and even virulent attacks. The consciences of Catholics are troubled, while aspirants to the priesthood and priests are perplexed. It is therefore necessary to examine this question in the light of the Gospel and of the authentic Tradition of the Church.
Objections against priestly celibacy
Pope Francis embraces Lutheran "Archbishop" Antje Jackelén in Lund, Sweden
At every stage in the ecclesial crisis that followed the Second Vatican Council, the Mensheviks of the Neo-Catholic Establishment (NCE) have been there to defend the Bolsheviks of the post-conciliar revolution as they foisted one destructive novelty after another upon the Church. The NCE has found a way to defend or excuse the New Mass with all its officially approved abuses (including Communion in the hand and John Paul II’s approval of “altar girls”), the New Ecumenism, the New Dialogue, the New Interreligious Dialogue, the New Bishops’ Conferences, the New Collegiality, the New Seminaries, the New Convents, the New Ecclesial Movements, the New Evangelization, the New Synodal Church, and now, with Amoris Laetitia (AL), even the New Catholic Morality, which declares that God does not expect obedience to the negative precepts of the natural law, including the Sixth Commandment, if one feels unable to attain the “objective ideal” given the “concrete complexity of one’s limits” (cf. Amoris Laetitia, ¶ 303).
Last night I and tens of other people had the misfortune to see part of CNN’s “Town Hall” with none other than Al Gore himself. First, the fact that CNN is wasting time talking to the long since discredited Al Gore about fictitious man-made global warming is a testament to their growing irrelevancy and lack of credibility as a news organization. But beyond that, there was a special guest at last night’s Town Hall that made things interesting from a Catholic perspective.
It appears that a Fr. John Rausch, an environmental activist priest from Kentucky, found time out of his busy schedule to attend Al Gore’s town Hall. That schedule apparently includes Fr. Rausch driving 22,000 miles a year belching pollutants into the atmosphere as he travels to save the planet. However, Fr. Rausch is quick to apologize for this as he seems to see it as a necessary climate sin. In 2011 he wrote the following for Yes magazine: