Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pope Francis Says He's OK with Married Priests

For non-Catholics, the thing most pervy about Catholicism is the priests do not get married.  The religion has all kinds of reasons for that and, twisted though they may be, it's one of the oldest forms of surviving spiritualism in the world.

We don't typically trust single men for much of anything since usually we want to see a woman around them to hopefully moderate their behavior a little bit.  I'm not saying that actually works but it makes us more comfortable to see it since solo males can be so unpredictable.

The creepiest part of all has been sex with children, almost always boys, but figure how many priests actually do that.  Do you suppose that's even five percent of the priesthood.  Whatever number is too high but pedophilic perversion is not limited to that population even when priests have been most typically characterized with it.

For the non-Catholic laity, most of the strangeness of the Catholic Church is just a bit too much and we keep our distance.  Pope Francis is the only pope I've seen in my life who was at all attractive to the infidels and my intrigue with him has been up there with the Dalai Lama for truly astounding philosophy which has been deeply positive and personal for the world.  There's no inclination in me to convert from paganism to Catholicism but I appreciate the man's words.

Now Pope Francis surprises me yet again and says he's supportive of married priests if they're married already before entering the priesthood.  (RT:  Pope signals he's open to married Catholic men becoming priests)

Greek Orthodox is quite similar to Roman Catholicism insofar as priests are expected to take vows of celibacy but, just as with Pope Francis' latest announcement, married priests have been supported by Greek Orthodox for years.

Where Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholicism get strange about it in the same way is that married priests are permitted to serve but a priest may not get married if he was single when he entered the priesthood.  Perhaps you can identify some logical consistency in that but it's currently escaping the Rockhouse.

Stirling Moss, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers to walk the Earth, said he would forego sex for a week before a race.  That discipline held for some period until he decided perhaps he was giving more to racing than it really needs.  (Stirling Moss: "All But My Life")

Note:  the book is surprisingly good to read and it's about much more than simply Formula 1 engine sounds.  For example, Moss had electrically-heated toilet seats in the bathroom of his London apartment and that was back in the Fifties.  Ordinary is not a word which ever worked for him.

As with Stirling Moss, we often think of sex and / or women sapping the strength of men in some way.  Perhaps she will 'drain your energy' as if that's some unilateral effort or maybe she will cut your hair and weaken you even more.  There's infinite variety with those stereotypes and they're ancient with their belief women take things but give little or nothing in return.

Such stereotypes may be the biggest reason for the arbitrary relationship between men and women insofar as women are treated as secondary for everything from pay to promotion.

Frankie:  don'ta you be blaming the Vatican for this, paisan.  I know God but I also know Guido.

Well, I tell you, Frankie.  It doesn't look too good for your case when there's a couple of millennia in evidence indicating it hasn't been such a good idea to marginalize women.

Frankie:  it wasn't just my team!

That's the trouble, bud.  There are multiple variables confounding this and the announcement the virgin male fantasy may stop or at least mitigate is welcome news.  The Rockhouse sees a fair to reasonable chance this will improve things for women as well.

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