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    The Secret Sex Lives of Nuns

    The Secret Sex Lives of Nuns

    I think the Catholic Church's stance on celibacy for its priests and nuns is outdated and counter-productive. I also wonder if it was ever very popular with them or was it widely ignored.

    Pope Francis[COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)] admitted earlier this year for the first time ever that the [/COLOR]clerical sexual abuse[COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)] of [/COLOR]nuns[COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)] by priests and bishops was a far bigger problem than the church previously had conceded. Some sisters, he said, have even been kept as sex slaves suffering years of unthinkable abuse.

    [/COLOR][COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]In February, the Vatican magazine Women Church World published an exposé that uncovered hundreds of stories of nuns being forced to have abortions and, in some cases, secretly raising their children in nunneries and pretending they were orphans. The entire editorial staff of the magazine quit a few weeks after the issue came out because of what they described as ambivalence about the problem among the men of the church.

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    [COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]But as Sister Federica and other present and former women religious interviewed by The Daily Beast point out, the question of sex in the sanctuary is not always one of victimization. What is certain is that it is complicated.

    [/COLOR][COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]Celibacy is seen as one of the most important sacrifices a priest or nun makes for the church. Nuns consider themselves married to Christ. Rather than taking a human spouse, they devote themselves to God. But many nuns face a daily challenge trying to keep their vows and their faith.

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    [COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]The Virgin Mary, with her perpetual chastity despite giving birth, is an impossible role model to follow, made more difficult by the fact that women in the Catholic Church are supposed to be vessels for childbirth. Sex, so long as it’s within the marriage, is strongly recommended, but being open to procreation is the only acceptable purpose.

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    [COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]Homosexuality has long been taboo in Catholic life—at least in theory—[/COLOR]though not always in practice[COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]. Pope Francis has made modest gains in acceptance of gays—but only to a point—and one that always falls short of full recognition on issues like same-sex marriage. He readily admits a [/COLOR]gay priest lobby[COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)] within the church hierarchy, but he has never gone so far as to discuss “sisterly love” at all.[/COLOR]
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    I think that impinging upon or abridging what priests and nuns do privately is the far larger sin, and that's what this is all about -- establishing beyond debate that there are no secrets and no matters of privacy that belong to you or anyone else in the upcoming coexistence with technology and those who control it. Personally, I believe what comes of this will be that people will lose their soul.
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    They're all sexually active behind the scenes, at least most of them are. Hopefully with people that are the age of consent

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    I believe you must begin with thinking about the foundation of the whole controversy, which is the Church's doctrine that sexual activity outside of the marriage bond - the Church's version of the marriage bond, of course - is sinful. Further, that even within the bonds of "holy matrimony", sex that cannot result in pregnancy - except if some "natural" method of avoiding that condition is employed - is sinful, too. Those Catholics who choose a religious vocation place themselves in a double bind - forbidden to marry, and doctrinally required to abstain from sex outside of marriage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Standing Wolf View Post
    I believe you must begin with thinking about the foundation of the whole controversy, which is the Church's doctrine that sexual activity outside of the marriage bond - the Church's version of the marriage bond, of course - is sinful. Further, that even within the bonds of "holy matrimony", sex that cannot result in pregnancy - except if some "natural" method of avoiding that condition is employed - is sinful, too. Those Catholics who choose a religious vocation place themselves in a double bind - forbidden to marry, and doctrinally required to abstain from sex outside of marriage.
    One of the things I will never get about Catholicism.
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