If the bible entreats us to "be fruitful, and multiply" and the catholic church is against its congregants using any form of birth control, why aren't catholic clergymen allowed to marry and produce children? Since they are the leaders of the catholic community, and one would assume they are setting the example for everyone else to follow, wouldn't it make more sense if they were required to get married and attempt to have kids, or if it weren't banned for them, at least? Why would the church tell everyone else to have a bunch of kids, but not the ones who are leading them?
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 8:17 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
Answer by SleepingBeautee at 3:47 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
catholic church is against its congregants using any form of birth control...church tell everyone else to have a bunch of kids...
This is not true. The Church is against contraception but not every form of birth control. NFP is considered a form of birth control, and DH & I practice it. We have 3 kids, spaced 2 1/2 years apart, and our youngest is 5, all thanks to NFP. And I have irregular cycles, too (I usually don't ovulate til day 20).
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 8:20 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
Greek Orthodox church ...aren't strict about birth control
I think you may be witnessing people who don't practice what they preach. The Greek Orthodox should be practicing NFP as their form of birth control, just as Roman Catholic. It's sad that a couple in such am influencial position are pretenders.
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 8:23 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
1 timothy 4: 1-5....are things taught by demons.
When Paul warned of those who "forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods," he had in mind people with the Manichean belief that sex is wrong and certain foods like meat are immoral. Sex is good and is why the Catholic Church has marriage as a sacrament.
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 8:32 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
Answer by anime_mom619 at 9:36 PM on Nov. 22, 2010
Answer by anime_mom619 at 8:32 PM on Nov. 23, 2010
While I am not a member of the Greek Orthodox church, my husband was raised as one, and from what he has told me their priests have always been able to marry and have children, so I don't believe they are pretending.
Sorry, I meant pretending, as in disobedient or hypocritial in their practice of birth control only, not about marriage.
But in regards to marriage, Greek Orthodox men who are married are allowed to become priests, but Greek Orthodox men who are priests but not already married are not allowed to date and marry while they are a priest.
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 8:38 PM on Nov. 23, 2010
Answer by older at 3:45 PM on Nov. 22, 2010