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Sex and the single Priest is back in the news and I’m not sure why. A German archbishop proposes loosening the rules regarding celibacy and priests. Why? The current rule has never interfered with priestly sex life in the past.


“For some priests, it would be better if they were married — not just for sexual reasons, but because it would be better for their life and they wouldn’t be lonely,”

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the archbishop of Munich,

Seems to me marriage would cramp their style.

Take Pope Alexander VI, for example. Other popes have characterized him as outstanding.


Alexander is considered one of the most controversial of the Renaissance popes, partly because he acknowledged fathering several children by his mistresses. As a result, his Italianized Valencian surname, Borgia, became a byword for libertinism and nepotism, which are traditionally considered as characterizing his pontificate. On the other hand, two of Alexander’s successors, Sixtus V and Urban VIII, described him as one of the most outstanding popes since Saint Peter.[5]


It isn’t necessary to delve to far into the past. There is always:

Former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick defrocked by Pope Francis over sexual misconduct allegations (nbcnews.com)

The canonical investigation found that he was guilty of “sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.” He was also found guilty of “solicitation” during confession.

NBC News

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The Monsenor took a young priest aside as the new guy was about to enter the confessional for his first time. “If you have any problems, come to me.”

The priest finally hit the wall when he was confronted with a 70-year-old working prostitute. After hearing her confession, he was stuck on what penance would be appropriate. He excused himself and went over to the old priest and said, “father, what do I give a 70-year-old prostitute?”

The old priest didn’t hesitate, “Buck, buck and a half.”