May 5, 2005

Father Messenger never liked celibacy

In a 1981 piece originally penned for the National Catholic Reporter and posted on the USC Catholic Community webpage, Father William Messenger, recently accused by a male student of inappropriate physical conduct, wrote:

"I, for one, did not choose celibacy. I chose priesthood and accepted celibacy because there was no choice. I do not consider myself to have been free. There was simply no other way to be ordained."

"We must face the truth that celibacy in the diocesan clergy is abnormal. As in any abnormal situation, the individual must seek compensation."


Anonymous Jane said...

Wow! He wrote that almost 25 years ago! And it's taken this long to shut him down.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...'re a holly roller. and have no idea what you are talking about. he was a realist, and a good man who was brave enough to speak up on his beliefs. it's people like you who are so single minded and unwilling to evolve who "brought him down". i didn't know we were still doing witch hunts.

5:03 PM  

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