Friday, August 26, 2005

From Fr James Tucker
Chastity, celibacy
The secular world mixes up these words and ideas all the time. Fr Tucker sets things straight.

In another part of my life I worked in a library where the sneering pro-abortion rare-books specialist made fun of a Roman Catholic promoter of teen abstinence (our employer was an RC institution) by calling it ‘teen celibacy’, probably an intentional jab as this woman was educated enough to know better.
Chastity in itself is not sexual abstinence, but rather the virtue of rightly ordering the sexual drive, and this applies to the unmarried and the married in different ways.
Once went on a retreat at the world’s only Byzantine Rite Benedictine monastery and the hegumen, Fr Leo (Schlosser), stated the obvious, helping me immensely: sexual desire is not a sin. It depends on how you use it.

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