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Should Priests Be Celibate?

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This is going to be a big issue this year as Bishop Gabino Zavala, a very well-known Roman Catholic Bishop, recently announced that he has fathered children and is stepping down from his post.

Believe it or not, I think Bishop Zavala’s actions are actually part of the greater plan of awakening for humanity. For far too long now, men and women have had to make vows of celibacy to prove their loyalty and obedience to God, and to commit to God above all things in the world.

The problem with this rationale is that somewhere deep down inside, it holds the idea that somehow being married and having children somehow separates us from God or a commitment to God. There is a judgment being placed to one degree or another on those actions. That simple act of judgment is where the error exists. It is a belief system based upon egoic thinking. A belief system that cannot integrate or unite the fact that we can be just as dedicated to our relationship with God and have God is our priority while simultaneously being married and having children.

It’s true that there are some people who may dedicate themselves to God and that would naturally preclude them from choosing to get married or having children, but if that were the case, that would be their individual and unique calling for their life, not necessarily for everyone else’s.

We oftentimes do this with spiritual teachers. A particular spiritual teacher or leader will have a calling to behave in a particular way, and what we do unconsciously is frame that teachers behavior as the correct or right behavior for all. That particular leader or teacher made knowledge that they are following the voice of God within them, that that voice is guiding them to do this or that. Unfortunately, people extrapolate that communication to me that that is what God would want for everyone, when that is not the case.

We all have our unique calling an expression in the world. We do not have to define spiritual laws of behavior and attempt to apply them to everyone indiscriminately. It’s important to simply trust that the flow of love will guide each and everyone in exactly the right way for them.

I enjoyed reading the article that Father Albert Cutie wrote about Bishop Zavala. I couldn’t agree with him more. I will end this article the same way he ended his, “Hopefully, one day soon, all good men and women will be able to serve God in peace and freedom, without unnecessary non-biblical burdens. But in the meantime, wouldn’t it be great if devout people would learn the value of greater compassion and forgiveness, especially to those who absolved them of their sins so many times? In situations like these, the words of Jesus are more relevant than ever: “Whoever has no sin, cast the first stone” (John 8:7).”

  • Neerav

    Hi DavidPaul

    I agree here that there is this misconception that being married and having a family keeps one away from God. Honestly, I see no spiritual detriment to this. In fact, I can argue that if both partners have a deep faith in God and are spiritual, being in a relationship or being married should not keep you from spiritual salvation.

    – Neerav