Review: Sex, Celibacy, & Priesthood

Synopsis:

The traditional Catholic Church views true celibacy as a gift from God. But today’s reality paints a much different picture. In “Sex, Celibacy, and Priesthood, ” the Most Rev. Lou A. Bordisso reviews the research on sexual activity and celibacy among Catholic priests. Featuring heart-wrenching, anonymous, and candid self-disclosures about the sexual behaviors of heterosexual, gay, and bisexual priests, Bordisso explores the meaning of celibacy in accordance with Roman Catholic Church teachings, doctrine, and canon law. “Sex, Celibacy, and Priesthood” provides an honest and frank study of current perspectives on celibacy in light of priestly sexual behaviors. It allows for Roman Catholic priests to speak out in their own voices about their struggles and the conflicts they experience between celibacy and their sexual activities. At a time when most are disgusted with the sexual scandal cover-ups, smokescreens, and veil of secrecy provided by many Roman Catholic bishops and their apologists, “Sex, Celibacy, and Priesthood” tells the truth and encourages us to think imaginatively and compassionately about an issue of crucial importance to the Roman Catholic Church at this moment in history. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Sex, Celibacy, & Priesthood by Lou A. Bordisso, OSJV is a great book, if readers are wanting to know about the priests and their lives of celibacy as well as their struggles in living their vows. The writer allows readers to explore several priests ranging from heterosexuals to LGBTs. Each priest in each of these sexual categories gives their voice on this matter. I was expecting more of what we can do to prevent the Catholic priests from breaking their celibacy vows versus hearing how it’s unrealistic for priests to deny their sexual orientation and to keep up their vows. This is an ongoing and important issue that means a lot to those who are Catholic. I think there should be solutions to the issue or else priests shouldn’t become a priest, if it’s too much of a struggling seeing as they are human just like the rest of us. 

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