“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” (1 Tim 4:1-3).
Isn’t it amazing and awe inspiring how accurate the Bible foretells world events and especially things pertaining to the church in the end-times? Indeed, prophecy is the one thing that proves the Bible is the Word of God.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isa 46:9-10)
Celibacy and its devastating effect on men and women in the Roman Catholic Church was again highlighted in several news bulletins recently when 26 women in Italy voiced their concern and pain for not being allowed to marry their beloved priests.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Twenty-six women who say they are in love with Roman Catholic priests have written to Pope Francis urging him to make celibacy optional.
The women, who all live in Italy, described the “devastating suffering” caused by the church’s ban on priests having sex and marrying.
“We love these men and they love us,” they said in their letter published on the authoritative website Vatican Insider.
“With humility, we place at your feet our suffering so that something can change, not just for us but for the good of the whole Church,” they added in the message, signed with their first names and an initial of their last names, but with several phone numbers.
Paul never beat around the bush and often spoke out boldly against heresy. Enforced celibacy, he said, is a doctrine of demons. Nonetheless, wasn’t Paul himself a celibate and shouldn’t the clergy in the RCC follow his example? No! Paul, in 1 Corinthians 7, makes it abundantly clear that celibacy is a choice and not mandatory. Indeed, those who aren’t able to receive it (this teaching) aren’t sinning when they marry to avoid burning with passion (1 Corinthians 7:8-9). It was Paul himself who likened marriage between one man and one woman with the relationship between Christ and his Bride. (Ephesians 5:25). Therefore, marriage ought to mirror, if you will, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the role of the church.
In the third and fourth century AD, Roman Catholicism took a rather bizarre and pagan view with regards to sex in the marriage. Priests who were married (most were and with numerous concubines too) were not permitted to have intercourse with their wives at all. Multitudes, of course, ignored this teaching and to this day still do. So Rome was forced to come to the conclusion that promiscuity within the clergy is tolerable, so long as it is kept hush.
During the 1500s the Catholic Church hunted down priests that had married, and subsequently such people would be murdered. One example would be Cardinal Beaton. This Cardinal in 1540 set out to track down one, Thomas Cocklaw, a priest of many years standing. However, when he failed to achieve this, it was decided that the priest, which had married this newly wed couple, would be arrested and later executed. This was done to set an example to those who would challenged “Rome’s authority” of the subject or the forbidding of priests marrying.
The hypocrisy of this whole saga is breathtaking, for Beaton had 10 CHILDREN OF HIS OWN – being seven boys and three girls (source: The Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, 1513-1546.)
In James Billton’s book Calvinism is it Biblical he quotes from former Catholic priest, David Rice:
“…At the very least 100,000 priests have been excommunicated in recent years because they have done what is right and made legitimate their relationship with a woman. Priests can have children and the Church will support them financially, but whenever they officially marry all financial help stops and the priest is excommunicated, although, if a priest in the Church of England converts to Rome, he is accepted as a priest, wife and all” (pg. 20.)
(When 5,000 vicars from the Church of England joined the Catholic Church in the early 1990s, a deal was made, so as to allow their children to attend private schools, with the dioceses picking up the costs.)
The council of Trent, in 1563, made the following official and rather strange statement concerning the Holy See’s view on marriage and celibacy:
“If anyone says the married state is to be placed above the state of virginity or of celibacy and that it is not better and more blessed to remain in virginity and celibacy than to be united in matrimony, let him be anathema” [a curse!] (Emphasis added).
This statement is in direct opposition to the writer of Hebrews:
“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (13:4.)
This Catholic Church, for over four hundred years, has dangled this and other curses in front of millions of Catholics and Protestants worldwide. Even after Vatican II, when freemasons, atheists, ultra-liberals, communists and six Protestant theologians totally and utterly dismantled their mass and other “sacred” Catholic practices, this medieval curse was NEVER omitted from the statue books.
A true child of God should have no concerns with such an anti-biblical teaching, for he is covered in his Lord’s eternal righteousness (Rom. 4:5.)
SOME HARD FACTS
John XXII was eventually denounced as a heretic by Emperor Louis of Bavaria, who deposed him and appointed another pope in his place. But the emperor’s purging of the papacy turned embarrassing when, shortly after the new pope took office, his wife appeared on the scene. The emperor quickly decided that John XXII wasn’t so bad after all. For, as de Rosa sarcastically remarks, although John, like most of the other popes, had illegitimate children, at least he “had never committed the sin of matrimony.” Such sarcasm, though it comes from a Catholic historian, may seem unfair at first but is in fact fully warranted. Today’s Code of Canon Law, Canon 1394, refers to marriage as a “scandal” for a priest, whereas it has no such harsh words for sins of which priests are frequently guilty even today, such as child molestation, keeping a mistress, homosexuality, etc. (Dave Hunt: A” Woman Rides the Beast,” pp. 114-115)
In 896 Stephan VII (896-7) had the corpse of the previous Pope Formosus (891-6) exhumed eight months after burial. Dressed in its former papal vestments and propped on a throne in the council chamber, the cadaver was “tried” and found guilty of having crowned as emperor one of Charlemagne’s many illegitimate descendants. In fact, there have been a number of popes who were themselves the illegitimate sons of previous popes. They were thus illicit claimants to the alleged throne of Peter and therefore hardly capable of passing on to their successors apostolic authority. (Ibid, p. 115).
A CHURCH TAILOR MADE FOR HARLOTS
For centuries the priesthood was largely hereditary. Most priests were the sons of other priests and bishops. More than one pope was the illegitimate son of a previous and supposedly celibate pope. For example, Pope Sylverius (536-7) was fathered by Pope Hormisdas (514-23), and John XI (931-5) by Sergius III (904-11) of his favorite mistress, Marozia, to whom we referred earlier.
Among the other bastards who ruled the Church were Popes Boniface 1(418-22), Gelasius (492-6), Agapitus (535-6), and Theodore (642-9). There were more. Adrian IV (1154-9) was the son of a priest. No wonder Pope Pius 11 (1458-64) said Rome was “the only city run by bastards.” Pius himself admitted to fathering at least two illegitimate children, by different women, one of them married at the time. The rule of celibacy literally created prostitutes, making Rome the “Mother of Harlots,” as the apostle John foresaw.”
In his fiery sermons, Savonarola of Florence, Italy (soon to be martyred), called Rome “a harlot ready to sell her favors for coin” and accused the priests of bringing “spiritual death upon all … their piety consists in spending their nights with harlots.” He cried, “One thousand, ten thousand, fourteen thousand harlots are few for Rome, for there both men and women are made harlots.”
Pope Alexander VI threatened to “lay an interdict upon Florence” if it did not silence Savonarola. The city rulers obeyed for fear that as a result of the interdict all “the Florentine merchants in Rome would be thrown into jail.” The pope wanted Savonarola brought to Rome for trial as a heretic, but the Signory of Florence wanted to execute him themselves. After signing confessions that had been wrung out of them by the cruelest of torture, Savonarola and two comrade friars were hanged and burned to ashes. Yet this man who preached against the Church leaders’ immorality and was slain by Roman Catholics is now celebrated by the Vatican as “a giant of our faith, martyred May 23, 1498.” What revision of history!” ( Ibid, p. 164). (Emphasis added throughout).