Thursday, 12 December 2013

Celibacy in the Clergy

 Celibacy in the Clergy - Grace from God or Madness

In the Roman Catholic Church the undermining of celibacy for the clergy that which is undertaken by priests, deacons and bishops is not possible for the many people and also other religions to digest, as they fail to understand what it really symbolizes.

Celibacy of the Clergy is an abandonment of marriage, for those who are in line to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders (for those who choose to follow a religious life)

Hence people who wish to step into this life need to get a formal formation which lasts for many years, living their life in the seminary (a training college for priests) discerning if this is their call, at the end of which an ordination process takes place where the candidates take a vow of chastity, indiscretion of which is considered to be a grievous sin and sacrilege.

Though many Fundamentalists today argue upon this “mandatory celibacy” followed by the Western Church, the Encyclical (a papal letter to the Roman Catholic Church) of Pope Paul the VI named “SACERDOTALIS CAELIBATUS” made it clear to the World how it’s of vital essence for the priests to be ordained to be celibate.

In his introduction he went on to share what the world thought of celibacy, a portion of which you can see cited below:

"Amid the modern stirrings of opinion, a tendency has also been manifested, and even a desire expressed, to ask the Church to re-examine this characteristic institution. It is said that in the world of our time the observance of celibacy has come to be difficult or even impossible."
You can read the entire document Here

So is celibacy a true Grace which comes from God?             
Just recently on the 9th of December 2013 three new priests were ordained to serve the Archdiocese of Karachi, all formerly belonging to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary which operates under the auspices of the Neocatecumanal Way.

The ceremony and rite was this time around held in Our Lady of Fatima Parish Karachi which is celebrating this year 50 years of service as a parish. His Grace Arch Bishop Joseph Coutts and Emeritus Bishop Evarist Pinto who were accompanied by an array of priests as well as Parish Priest Fr. Luis were the main celebrants of the Mass.

I seen that the priests ordained formerly Joshua Rangel, John Hugo Paul and James Borge were full of Spirit and eager to sacrifice themselves to God and for the people. While taking their vows, they all were filled with the zeal for the love of Christ, which i pray always remains in them and through them pours out to the others.

This sign was enough to convince me that truly the Celibacy is something sacred and yet a Grace from God for which not everyone is called. 

Do place your comments as what are your views towards celibacy of the clergy. 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Meaning of Advent

As Christmas approaches, the atmosphere starts to get more vibrant, colorful and merry as families engross themselves in making sweets and goodies while children start preparing for carol evenings and shopping out for clothes. 

During this time majority of us do not even realize that we are in midst of the advent season, which is thought by many as a time given by the church as preparation for Christmas!

Majority of us are on the right page that it’s a time which prepares us for Christmas, but hold on it’s not that all alone!  

Maranatha (come Lord Jesus)

This is what the Church responds to, during the four weeks of advent which comes to start a new Liturgical Year. 

Traditionally the first two weeks of advent the church directs us towards the Second Coming of Christ, towards the eschatological times.

Only after the passage of these two weeks does the church start to prepare for the first coming of Christ.  When I say Church I mean the whole community as in all the Christians.

Hence this is the time ideally when we need to start decorating our houses, streets, societies etc. the time when we should start making the sweets (a time which majority of us love the most)

So friends let’s make this Advent a little different and engross ourselves in prayer while in the due time enjoy ourselves.

P.S. We are planning to go for door by door carol singing this advent season, so anyone up can tag along (practices will be scheduled for it accordingly)