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Published: Sep 14, 2013

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Dear Editor,


Contrary to Archbishop Pietro Parolin, celibacy has an eminent spiritual dimension that greatly transcends the question of discipline. In an article published by L’Osservatore Romano, Stefan Heid, professor of liturgy and hagiography at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archeology, stated that “according to the judgment of the early church, ecclesiastical celibacy has dogmatic relevance... When Jesus spoke of the eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven [for example] it was understood as perfect continence for all of the disciples, regardless of whether or not the apostles were married.”

Pope Francis also states that God will forgive atheists as long as they “live according to their consciences”. What the pontiff fails to mention is that all people have a duty to work towards achieving an informed conscience which can only be achieved through Catholic teaching. This is important because the conscience can, in some, be degraded at its most core level to that of a mechanism producing excuses for one’s conduct.

In this case, the atheist incrementally begins to construct a wall of resistance to belief in God. This neglect of one’s own being ultimately dulls one to the voice of truth and makes one incapable of any longer hearing the voice of conscience. Convictions, then, might seem rational but are only the product of self-righteousness, conformism and intellectual laziness.


– Paul Kokoski

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