The following comment arrived this afternoon, related to this post about the ongoing debate about married deacons and sex. I thought I’d post it here because I think it deserves a wider airing, and might merit some comment from those who have been following this issue.
I have no idea if the gentleman in question is, in fact, a seminarian. But, I’m assuming he is.
Canon Law is Canon Law. Obey it! I’m a seminarian studying for the priesthood and there are now more of us than ever. The permanent deaconate was established as a stop-gap measure but spoiler alert!: Deacons can’t run the Church! The Church is utterly and 100% dependent on the Eucharist and the Eucharist is only possible through the consecration done by a priest. Having thousands of permanent deacons is a nice way of saying there are thousands of married men who want to have their cake, eat it to, and play dress up with the priest on Sundays or whenever it is convenient. Thank God vocations to the priesthood are up or we would be screwed.
It’s a little hard to believe that a man preparing for the priesthood thinks this way, and writes this way, but there you have it. (Aside from the sneering tone, the theological ignorance — “stop-gap measure”? — is dumbfounding.) This is beyond juvenile.
If he is a seminarian, I might counsel a little spiritual direction, and a steady diet of humble pie (heavily seasoned with saltpeter), and a semester or two serving as porter, along with some time spent polishing the silverware in the dining room instead of his clerical cuff links. A little less starch in his Roman collar might help, too.
Is this really what our future priests are made of? Really? I hope not.