As an unmarried man and devout Jew there is no reason tevery reason to assume that Jesus Christ was celibate his entire life.<quoted text>
You are so full of yourself and your mischaracterizations that you can't understand what you read!
Your question #1: I didn't do that. You did that. You were the one who touted Jesus Christ as having been celibate - an assumption that you cannot prove. Then you used His supposed celibacy to justify the Roman Church's demand for celibacy.
If its such a great thing, why were most of the priests and bishops in the Early Church, whether male or female, married?
Your question #2: I did not suggest that the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene was physically sexual. However, when she found Him outside of the tomb, what did He say? He said, "Touch me not...." So, obviously, she had touched Him at some other time. Make of it whatever you want. But, their relationship, sexual or not, was obviously physical. Furthermore, biblical scholars suggest that she was the one who had dressed His feet with the expensive oil/cream. Another physical act.
Yes. His relationship with her is quite obviously unusually exclusive, physical and more than casual; sexual or not.
Your question #3: I don't expect you to understand the call to the priesthood. But, I will tell you this: It cannot be ignored. It can only be accepted or refused.
There is no need for you to feign ignorance. Celibacy is a traditional requirement in many spiritual and mystery schools. It is called a "monastic" life.
Your question #4: Unstated corruptions?
Don't be ridiculous. The Roman Catholic Church has now paid out HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS over these "unstated corruptions!"
I didn't say that the practice of celibacy led to or is linked to these "unstated corruptions." YOU said that!
What I said was that the practice of the forced vow of celibacy, as a requirement and prerequisite to ordination into the all-male priesthood, is a very likely cause for institutional sexual corruption.
Their only remedy is to try to put the genie back in the bottle - and he ain't goin' back in without a fight!
As far as the many centuries of certain beliefs and traditions are concerned, that seems to be much of the problem, doesn't it?
I do not need to "prove" that he never had sex.. This was the expectations of an unmarried Jew at the time. Furthermore as being a-historial and counter to the overwellming consensus amoung all chistian denominations it would be incumbant upon you to demonstrate evidencethat he was either married or had fornicated in his lifetime.
Your specualtions about Mary M. are turning rather silly and you are back peddling on yuur asertions. Most celibate men have all sort of "physicall" contact & varios relationships wih womn as a matter of course. This does notimpact their vows of celibacy in any way.
You would need to prove that the practice of celibacy is related to "institutional sexual corruption"... something you wont defie except to insinuate that it is involved in someway to sexual abuse of minors while at the same time claimingthat you dont need to show any evidence that this is the case.
The Anglican Church has alway had married priests and along with Rabbinical Judaism has had the same percentage of abuse problems.
Secualar orginizations like public school teachers, boyscout troupe leaders, sports coaches, and the like all have higher incidents of sexual abuse of minors than any of the myraid of religious organizations that practice priestly celibacy.
You claim your a Reverend with a congregation...It would be interesting to now what denomination this religion of yours is..what seminary you attended and if its even Christian.
You have some rather novel idea's concerning the priesthood and sexual ethics. If you can point me to source for your beliefs I would be interested to know more about this religion you practice.