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What would a priest know about love?

A few days ago, Maureen Dowd wrote a surprisingly good column on love and marriage, featuring advice given by a priest. Feministing, predictably, automatically discounted this advice because it came from a priest, who apparently knows nothing on the subject of marriage and love because he's celibate. Mature:

Dowd has stooped to a new low. Paraphrasing a priest on advice on what to look for in a husband. I guess I can see on some level, since marriage is frequently a religious thing, but in general, this gets a no. And by the way, apparently we should be looking for man-robots that have never experienced any trauma or disruption in their life.

A priest typically knows a lot about love, considering they're pretty knowledgeable about He who gives us the greatest love of all. But we shouldn't listen to his relationship advice, no matter how good it may be, because he's celibate. Samhita admits it's good advice, but we shouldn't listen because they've supposedly don't have any "relationship experience".

News flash, Samhita: many priests had lives before entering the priesthood. Some have been married and are widowed. Many had girlfriends. I've heard of priests who led awful, horrible lives filled with drug usage and promiscuity before they reformed themselves and found their calling. Even those who joined the priesthood at a young age, like a priest in my church, usually have had some very difficult experiences. The priest I mention at my church was actually an Army chaplain during WWII, something he says was very hard for him to recover from.

Being a priest does not make you a mindless robot with no experience in anything whatsoever. It makes me wonder if this Samhita has ever even met a priest. It's sad that the priesthood is looked down upon so often in our country, when these are men called to a lifestyle of selfless service. But I guess when you're a feminist, thinking of one other than yourself just doesn't come naturally.


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Comments (9)

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Sounds like a Tracey Ullman song.

The left wing is inhabited ... (Below threshold)
tyree:

The left wing is inhabited by an incredible number of prejudiced bigots. They just have PC bigotry.

I love how you small minded... (Below threshold)
Javelin:

I love how you small minded semi literate right wingers love to over generalize. This is so uninsightful. Yes, feminists are such bad people while petty small minds like some Fianno twerp here are such humanitarians and lovers of people. Who cares about what a priest has to say? Is this a RC blog? By the way, leave out the sexual and anti-abortion stand of the RC Church, and it would be similiar to most liberal and leftists. They are against the war in Iraq, doesn't that make them bad guys. The same way they were against WW ll and had diplomatic ties with Hitler to the end. My, if some leftist did that, we'd hear the simple minds here squeal all week about it
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Oh, Javelin. You're sooooo... (Below threshold)

Oh, Javelin. You're soooooo intelligent. I'm sooooo grateful you took time out of your much more important and busy schedule at 12:51 am to talk down to us in your clearly superior way. Please continue to educate us with your vast intellect, oh wise one.

Hurry! I'm shivering with anticipation!

I believe it was Tom Clancy... (Below threshold)

I believe it was Tom Clancy who said "When a dog pisses on a fire hydrant, he's not committing vandalism; he's just being a dog." And you were saying about Feministing...?

When I was in [Catholic] hi... (Below threshold)

When I was in [Catholic] high school - in the olden days no less - we had a priest come in once a week to teach religion class. I well remember a lot of what he told our class but the thing that really stuck with me was that, he said that new priests hearing confessions always receive a big shock. He said that what was most shocking was that after about the first 2-3 weeks, there were no more surprises in the confessional! Ever! And that it didn't matter the location of your parish. Everybody doing the same sins, all the time!

This knowledge has served me well throughout my life because I realize that while some of these leftwing nimrods think they're inventing the wheel, it's truly same-old-same-old! They are so BORING and I think the best way to deal with them is to LAUGH at them - loud and often! They really are pathetic!

You don't have to be a rail... (Below threshold)
Lily:

You don't have to be a railroad engineer to know that a train wreck is a bad thing. Sometimes the best way to see a potential train wreck is not to be an engineer on the train but a spectator on a hill who see two trains heading straight for each other.

A priest typically knows... (Below threshold)
Trilateral Chairman:

A priest typically knows a lot about love, considering they're pretty knowledgeable about He who gives us the greatest love of all.

Hmm. Does that include the child molesters?

Snark aside, surely the love of God is very different from the love of a spouse. After all, God in his love is apparently still entitled to torture us, mock us, and leave us alone and in agony. A spouse is not supposed to do such things to us.

But we shouldn't listen to his relationship advice, no matter how good it may be, because he's celibate. Samhita admits it's good advice, but we shouldn't listen because they've supposedly don't have any "relationship experience".

This is simply not what Samhita asserted.

News flash, Samhita: many priests had lives before entering the priesthood.

And now, as priests, they don't have lives at all?

This is too easy. You've humiliated yourself again, I'm afraid.

I converted to Catholicism ... (Below threshold)
Sandy:

I converted to Catholicism when I was 20. My dad questioned me on just how a priest could possibly counsel a couple on love and marriage...not to sully his memory and I love and miss him to this day, but my dad had been married at that time for 30 years and HE couldn't counsel me on love and marriage with any authority or credibility. My priest, in fact, gave us great advice which we have followed fairly well, having just celebrated our 29th anniversary. And incidentally, I am well acquainted with two Protestant ministers who have had very poor marriages, one being a habitual adulterer (he tried to seduce me when I was 17!). So direct experience means what?

Some of these men, as stated above, have had much life experience before becoming priests. Some go through a long period of discernment before they enter into the seminary and they have had girlfriends. They've certainly had parents and observed the good and bad in their marriages. And beyond that is their training and education. It takes many years to become a priest and much of what a parish priest trains for is counseling, and their education reflects that.

And Trilateral - as for you, there are good and bad priests, ministers, rabbis, imams...even atheists. Now that the Catholic Church heirarchy has opened its eyes to the abuse and is keen on putting an end to it, let's all open our eyes to the sexual predators that exist in all walks of life and let them know we are watching.




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