So this is odd. A couple of days ago I get a request for an interview with a writer for Live Science, of all things, wanting to discuss priestly celibacy. I’m still not super-clear on why a pop sci site would want to talk about it, but it seemed like a chance to discuss the Faith with an audience that doesn’t get a lot of exposure to accurate information about what Catholics believe, so I said okay.
The interview was a pleasure to do. The writer, Tia Ghose, is Jewish and so a lot of the theology and inside Catholic baseball was unfamiliar to her. She asked reasonable questions and, in the resulting text, more or less got what I had to say about as well as could be expected for somebody coming at the issue from outside the Catholic tradition. Some of our conversation isn’t mentioned and a lot is paraphrased in ways I wouldn’t quite put it. But on the whole, about as reasonable as you would expect from a pop sci site that basically has a sociological, not theological, approach to the matter.