Priest = heterosexual husband

Print More

Sure, there have been good homosexual priests, Rev. Kevin J. Sweeney, director of vocations for the Diocese of
Brooklyn, allows in today’s NYT. But that’s not how the church rolls today.

“A priest can only give his life to the church in the sense that a man
gives his life to a female spouse. A homosexual man cannot have the same
relationship. It’s not about condemning anybody. It’s about our world
view.”

In what sense, exactly, does a man who is capable of giving his life to a male spouse fail this test of the analogical imagination? And is it similarly true that a nun can only give her life to Christ in the sense that a woman gives her life to a male spouse–i.e. that a lesbian cannot have the same relationship? Is that also part of the Sweeney world view?

Update: Fr. James Martin gives Sweeney & Co. the business.

  • The lengths to which people will go to justify their discomfort with same-sex love! It is a shame that the Catholic church can’t get past its obsession with sexuality.

  • mattcat

    Since RC theology these days denies that the love between 2 people of the same gender is in any way analogous to the love between 2 people of opposite gender, Fr. Sweeney’s position has a certain consistency.
    However, RC theology requires sexual intercourse for a valid marriage. If the priest is the literal husband of the church, with whom is he suppose to have this intercourse? I think the lack of possibility of intercourse makes it impossible to contract a valid RC marriage. Does that same lack in the relationship between priest and church make it impossible for a valid ordination?

  • Thank your for giving me an opportunity to comment on that specific quote you’ve addressed.
    I am a “wife” and gosh-darnit (!) why has my husband never “GIVEN HIS LIFE” to me? Ok, I admit, he’s been faithful. But when have I been in charge? When has he worshiped me?
    Either I have been gypped, or there is a serious mistake in how the church views the calling of a priest!
    I will calmly await word – before taking this up with my spouse of 43 years.
    As to your point, I welcome priests who are true to the person God has created, be they gay, lesbian, or heterosexual – black, white, you name it! Hypocrites need not apply!