Please, do not read this while drinking, or your electronic device is toast! My husband sent it to me, but I hadn’t had time to read it before he got home. He started filling me in and I almost lost my laptop.
You can really skip everything but the last quote, as most of it is really just the blathering from, clearly, a disturbed individual. The last quote, well, don’t miss it!
Charamsa, who was fired from his post at the Vatican, says he has stayed faithful to his vow of celibacy because he has “never touched a woman”.
How do you say “I did not have sexual relations with a woman!” in Polish?!?! I’m reasonably sure all the other practicing homosexual priests just let out a collective groan and asked how this guy became the poster child for their cause.
So tomorrow, when you see a National catholic Reporter article saying, “Charasma’s been nothing but faithful to his vows!”, and your liberal friends are all saying, “Hey, they must be right, because they have “Catholic” in their name!”, have some ammo ready.
First, let’s take a gander at the Catholic Encyclopedia. This one little item should leave you wondering how the guy made it all the way to the CDF without people noticing his schooling was a tad bit lacking (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03481a.htm):
Celibacy is the renunciation of marriage implicitly or explicitly made, for the more perfect observance of chastity, by all those who receive the Sacrament of Orders in any of the higher grades. The character of this renunciation, as we shall see, is differently understood in the Eastern and in the Western Church. Speaking, for the moment, only of Western Christendom, the candidates for orders are solemnly warned by the bishop at the beginning of the ceremony regarding the gravity of the obligation which they are incurring. He tells them:
You ought anxiously to consider again and again what sort of a burden this is which you are taking upon you of your own accord. Up to this you are free. You may still, if you choose, turn to the aims and desires of the world (licet vobis pro artitrio ad caecularia vota transire). But if you receive this order (of the subdiaconate) it will no longer be lawful to turn back from your purpose. You will be required to continue in the service of God, and with His assistance to observe chastity and to be bound for ever in the ministrations of the Altar, to serve who is to reign.
By stepping forward despite this warning, when invited to do so, and by co-operating in the rest of the ordination service, the candidate is understood to bind himself equivalently by a vow of chastity. He is henceforth unable to contract a valid marriage, and any serious transgression in the matter of this vow is not only a grievous sin in itself but incurs the additional guilt of sacrilege.
Msgr. Charasma also seems to miss a few documents from before 2005. As I pointed out before (https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/there-was-a-church-who-had-a-priest-and-ego-was-his-name-o/), he claimed there were no Vatican documents before 2005 restricting homosexuals from the priesthood. It appears he’s missed another important document on his promises in the priesthood and chastity which confirms the chaste celibacy of the priesthood (http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_24061967_sacerdotalis.html):
The Fathers of the Church
6. The close relationship that the Fathers of the Church and ecclesiastical writers established over the centuries between the ministering priesthood and celibacy has its origin partly in a mentality and partly in historical circumstances far different from ours. In patristic texts we more frequently find exhortations to the clergy to abstain from marital relations rather than to observe celibacy; and the reasons justifying the perfect chastity of the Church’s ministers seem often to be based on an overly pessimistic view of man’s earthly condition or on a certain notion of the purity necessary for contact with sacred things. In addition, it is said that the old arguments no longer are in harmony with the different social and cultural milieus in which the Church today, through her priests, is called upon to work.
Vocation and Celibacy
7. Many see a difficulty in the fact that in the present discipline concerning celibacy the gift of a vocation to the priesthood is identified with that of perfect chastity as a state of life for God’s ministers. And so people ask whether it is right to exclude from the priesthood those who, it is claimed, have been called to the ministry without having been called to lead a celibate life.
II. PRIESTLY FORMATION
- Our reflection on the beauty, importance and intimate fittingness of holy virginity for the ministers of Christ and His Church makes it incumbent on those who hold the office of teacher and pastor of that Church to take steps to assure and promote its positive observance, from the first moment of preparation to receive such a precious gift.
In fact, the difficulties and problems which make the observance of chastity very painful or quite impossible for some, spring, not infrequently, from a type of priestly formation which, given the great changes of these last years, is no longer completely adequate for the formation of a personality worthy of a “man of God.” (114)
Let’s just throw in Canon Law for good measure (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__PY.HTM).
Can. 277 §1. Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy which is a special gift of God by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and are able to dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and humanity.
2. Clerics are to behave with due prudence towards persons whose company can endanger their obligation to observe continence or give rise to scandal among the faithful.
Somebody should have informed Msgr. Charasma of these documents during his formation. That’s kind of what they were for. He should have been clued in that celibacy is simply a perfect form of chastity, but chastity is required by ALL nonetheless. We are all bound to practice chastity according to our station in life.
So, let’s go back to some of the other statements made by Msgr. Charasma in this article.
Krzysztof Charamsa told a private Italian television channel that he has “never met a gay lobby in the Vatican”, referring to rumours of a network of homosexual priests.
Really, Monsignor? Then how in the world did you get so far into the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with such little formation, or, at best, selective formation? This Clintonesque parsing of “what is is” is ridiculous and not becoming of someone who was in the Curia.