CONTRIBUTOR CONDEMNS MASTURBATION
How sad when a priest uses "science and psychology" to make a moral argument, instead of Scriptures, tradition, and the Church's teaching. Glad you're not my priest. If I wanted to know what the secular modern's believed I would go to Wikipedia. I want to know the wisdom of the Church. And it isn't difficult to see why masterbation would be a sin. I DON'T CARE IF EVERYBODY DOES IT. Since when did everyone doing it make it okay? Everyone lies at sometime too, and covets, and dishonors their parents. Are you going to tell us how these things are acceptable?
It's simple: when someone masterbates, they are lusting in their heart. Now it sounds to me like you haven't read the Bible for some time so let me remind you what Jesus said: "If a man looks at another woman and LUSTS AFTER HER IN HIS HEART, he has committed adultery." I got news for you, "father", most people who masterbate aren't thinking about a white wall. The wisdom of the church is to fight the temptation of lust not just to give in.
|French masturbation prevention c 1880|
I would take your old stern Irish priests that you mock any day over you. I want the religion of Christ and his church, not some modern materialist, progressive. And yes, I'm angry. I'll go confess that to the priest. Hopefully he doesn't tell me its okay.
BISHOP PAT REPLIES:
You have very little to "worry" about it seems to me. Do you really think that God is sitting up there in Heaven concerned about masturbation? Is He not more concerned about natural disasters, the dying, the sick, the hungry, the thirsty..........
Christianity in general and Roman Catholicism in particular has an unhealthy preoccupation with sex.
The OLD STERN IRISH PRIESTS you like were the ones who were sexually abusing children for decades and centuries and their old stern Irish bishops were the ones who were covering it up.
Those same priests, while preaching ABSTINENCE you you were AT IT with women, men, children and even animals.
Thats why we have names in Ireland like MacAnespie - THE SON OF THE BISHOP; MacEntaggart - THE SON OF THE PRIEST and MacNabb - THE SON OF THE ABBOT.
When the old stern nuns and priests were keeping pregnant young women in concentration camps (Magdalen Laundries) priests, police men and doctors were going into the convent to have sex with them.
If you want to drive yourself around the bend running to confession about your "dirty thoughts" that is your right, Please do not try and impose your denial and frustrations on the rest of us.
Get a life, Isaac.