Wednesday, September 28, 2005

From Whitehall
Tolerant conservatism* in Vaticanese
Although this is a difficult point for many Anglo-Saxons to grasp, when the Vatican makes statements like "no gays in the priesthood," it doesn't actually mean "no gays in the priesthood." It means, "As a general rule, this is not a good idea, but we all know there will be exceptions."
A little like what the Christian East calls economy.
...the conventional wisdom in the church, which holds that as long as a prospective priest is capable of celibacy**, it doesn't matter whether he's gay or straight.
Correct.

Happy Fathers’ Day
Congratulations to newly priested bloggers Frs Will Brown (of Whitehall), Lee Nelson and, earlier this year, Matthew Thurman. Ad multos annos.

*Search this blog for the definition.

**Celibacy simply means not being married. What’s called for is chastity in one’s state of life.

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