Celibacy is surely a strenuous spiritual path, but today the cost of celibacy is unreasonably and unnecessarily high. When it comes to moral teachings about sex outside of marriage, we isolate sexual pleasure from all the other good things that are connected to sexual relationships. People are commanded to abstain from sexual and intimacy, but no one addresses how abstention may also limit the person’s access to family, touch, children, financial stability and so on. It’s hard to be a celibate person in an unchaste church whose broader context is an unchaste society. In striving for moral virtue, the celibate also bears the church’s collective sin of failing, in a highly sexualized social context, to make a counterculture in which celibacy is plausible.
From Jenell Williams Paris, “The End of Sexual Identity”
September 11, 2012 by Eve Tushnet
Filed Under: Gay Catholic Whatnot, Mackerel-Snapping Tagged With: America, Gay Catholic Whatnot, His banner over me was love, so far from God so close to the United States
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