Celibacy in Crisis: A Secret World Revisited by A.W. Richard Sipe

By A.W. Richard Sipe

In the course of the worst hindrance the Catholic Church has obvious in nearly 500 years, this ebook demanding situations Catholic specialists to resume, reconsider, or reform the long-standing establishment of celibacy.

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3 HOW DO THOSE WHO PROFESS CELIBACY PRACTICE IT? We usually think of Freud as saying the restrictions of conventional morality are bad for man since they prevent him from carrying out his sexual desires. In point of fact… Freud is saying…man does not learn to love in a full and mature manner insofar as his passions remain in a crude, mfantile state which keeps him from being fully human,fully able to give himself in love. —Thomas Merton I have no reason to doubt the validity of those figures. —Jose Cardinal Sanchez (1993) Freud and psychoanalysis had a tremendous influence on thought and behavior in the 20th century.

To be a human person is to grow, develop, and mature throughout the life span from cradle to grave. To be a human person is to be a sexual person—the marvelous mystery of human sexuality permeates every moment of human existence…. The human person is so profoundly affected by sexuality that it must be considered as one of the factors which give to each individual’s life the principal traits that distinguish it (National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1983, p. 7). Two years earlier, the conference decreed but did not implement the following guidelines for the training of seminarians for celibacy: This education should deal specifically with such topics as the nature of sexuality, growth toward sexual maturity, marital and celibate chastity, the single state, premarital and extramarital sexual relationships, and homosexuality….

Struggle is necessary to enter and live in a “state,” that is, a lifelong situation that is free of sexual involvement. The process of engaging celibacy differs after 5 years from after 1; or 25 versus 10. The process is to become a celibate, not just be celibate. The neglect of the sense of dynamism in celibate pursuit has harmed those who want to be celibate, and those with whom they associate. The constantly changing circumstances and demands of living—growth and development—require adaptation and new coping mechanisms.

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