Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sex Liberals and the Koran Agree...

that "the uncompromising observance of celibacy throughout life is ultimately detrimental to the individual and the society" — Qur'an explains remedy for Catholic sexual abuse scandal. (They disagree in "that Islam only prescribes celibacy up to a point, i.e. marriage;" in contrast, sex liberalism proscribes it.) Author Qasim Rashid quotes the Koran:
    "We gave [Jesus] the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who accepted him compassion and mercy. But monasticism which they invented for themselves — We did not prescribe it for them — for the seeking of Allah’s pleasure; but they did not observe it with due observance" (57:28).
Mr. Rashid notes that in the above, "God makes several points," first and foremost "that He did indeed reveal the Gospel to Jesus, verifying the truth of Christ." So far, so good. However, he errs in suggesting that "God juxtaposes those who accepted Jesus and received compassion and mercy with those who invented monasticism for themselves" and that "Jesus never taught monasticism, while those who invented it for themselves did so out of a lack of compassion and mercy." (For the truth on this matter, I point readers to the Gospel itself, or to The Catholic Encyclopedia's articles on Monasticism and Celibacy of the Clergy.)

Mr. Rashid's conclusion is that reached by the sex liberal: "The child sexual abuse debacle in the Catholic Church exemplifies what happens when human nature is ignored and stifled," he writes. "If the Pope wants to save his legacy, and more importantly spare future children from suffering through this horrendous torture, he must allow Catholic Priests to marry." That claim is as easily refuted as it is oft repeated.

"Is a priest or indeed any man prone to abuse male children likely to be cured of this evil inclination through marrying an adult woman?" asked Bess Twiston-Davies — Will abolishing celibacy end abuse scandals in the Church? "Logic aside, surely the bigger question is plainly one of right and wrong." Dr. Aquilino Polaino Lorente, a physician and psychiatrist who teaches courses on psychopathology at the University of St. Paul in Madrid, says that celibacy "blends very well with what is the realistic anthropological structure of the human condition" and that instead "sexuality today is a very confused function, [and] it is a faculty about which there are more errors than points of agreement with what human nature is" — Is Priestly Celibacy Psychologically Dangerous?

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Even Fr. Greeley has said that the idea that we can keep men from molesting boys by letting the former have sex with women is demeaning to women. (Yet I've never heard a feminist make the same connection.)

Then there's the verifiable fact that insurance companies in the US have paid out more money to victims of abuse in Protestant churches than in the Catholic Church, even though Protestant pastors are allowed, even encouraged, to marry. It's not the celibacy.

4:43 PM  
Blogger xavier said...

Enbrethilel:

I'll refrain my sharp words about the koranic solutions for the sex abuse scandal and merely point out that Islam has immense lack of understanding about consecrated virginity both masculine and feminine.
Moslems simply can't conceive that such a state and the choice can even exist

Hence, their exaggerated fixation on marriage or forms of sexual concubinage (aka the temporary marriages in Shi'ism)

So to the Moslems, thanks for sexual ethical advice but it's
incomplete

xavier

10:38 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Let's also not forget the heretical Wahhabi perversion of what Catholics call the "Beatific Vision," which is more akin to the 1980's high-school soft-porno flicks I used to watch than anything remotely theological.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Joshua, for your amusement, I share the following story . . .

I was once approached by an enthusiastic Muslim "evangelist" (I'm not sure what other term to use) who tried to sell me on all the wonders of Islam.

He ended by telling me about his expected heavenly reward of "many beautiful women," and promising me that I could expect the same.

Then he seemed to recall that I was a woman, too, and hastily amended my heavenly reward (dependent on whether or not I converted, of course) to "many handsome men."

And I was out of there!

What that poor fellow didn't seem to realise was that a woman having a lot of men lusting after her in the afterlife may be much closer to hell than to heaven!

1:34 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Hilarious! From what I've, Islam doesn't really seem to say much about women in the afterlife, other than the virgins it promises to men.

But, to give credit where credit is due, at least they're right about the perpetual virginity of Mary, unlike many Prots.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Rosemarie said...

+J.M.J+

So how would Qasim Rashid explain the widespread sexual abuse of teenage boys by (Muslim) Pashtun men in Afghanistan? They're allowed to marry but still like to molest boys.

8:25 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Well said, Rosemarie. That same thought came to me today as I was driving.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Now that I mull it over anew, I remember that he told me about his expected heavenly reward after boasting that Muslim men are enlightened enough not to choose wives based on something so superficial as physical attractiveness, but on a woman's faithfulness to God!

Well, I don't know any plain-looking but devout woman who is happy at the thought that her husband is putting up with her only so he can have "many beautiful women" in the afterlife . . . unless, of course, she's only putting him with him for her own "many handsome men"! =P

Either way, the Christian ideal of marriage--modeled after Christ and His Church--still comes out on top.

9:16 PM  

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