Dan<quoted text>Agreed;it seems that your church is making good strides to curb the very strong figure of leadership that is in the priesthood.He is just a man,and with like passions.In the past the church may have failed in continuing to remind its priests that they are biological beings with passions,who daily fight the passions of the flesh.Those same men have to guide whole congregations,that also is a factor being celibate,never enjoying the company of a woman,or children also.
Brief encounters with congregants do not suffice for the loneliness some priests must experience espeically in large parishes.Although they have many duties,they also have times alone,and even the most married of men are tempted with sexual thoughts and desires for just pleasure.Married couples battle with sexuality,look at the Pornography amongst married men,it is ridiculous.
We have to be on the alert even in our age as it creeps upon us.Often men who are in their sixties wrestle with sexual desires,and are prone to giving into some opportunity to commit adultery or some form of fornication.
All men struggle with this not just Christians.We read daily about adulteries,and know of them amongst people we know,and unfortunately we are aware of everyother type of infraction with sex.We human beings are tempted daily with many things that ultimately harm us!
Knowing that all men are tempted is an admission of our nature.
It is in knowing what is sin, we can avoid sin....It takes discipline.
I have found particularly helpful the Desert Father's writings in the early Church. They really define sin and temptation well, and ways to combat it, on physical, mental, and spiritual levels.
One of the best ways is to live the Beatitudes. Especially the first one. Blessed are the poor of spirit...., actually it come to giving up the pleasuresof the flesh, and blessed are those who mourn....Jesus gave us the directions and destination, we just need to follow them.