This week (Feb, 2019), the Pope and many of his clergy are meeting to discuss the ongoing sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. This scandal is nothing new to the Catholic church, it is only now coming to light. For centuries, there have been unconfirmed rumors about mass graves of babies near Catholic churches and monasteries. Now, as the sex abuse scandal is gaining more attention, the church is finally beginning to acknowledge the problem exists, but still refuses to recognize the root of the problem.
So, let’s look back at the history. In AD 325, the Council of Nicea declared that a priest could not be married to a woman – that upon ordination, the priest was married to the church. There are several problems with this.
First, there is the Catholic’s prohibition of the God-ordained union of a man and his wife.
1 Timothy 4:1-3 (KJV) 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.
God was clear when He inspired Paul to write this passage. Some doctrines are from seducing spirits, are doctrines of devils. The doctrine claiming that some cannot be married is one of those “doctrines of devils.” What can we expect from a devil’s doctrine? Nothing Godly, nothing more than perversion.
Second, the command of abstaining from marriage is an affront to the natural functions of a man and a woman.
1 Corinthians 7:1-7 (KJV) Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
From this passage, first we see that there is no place for extra-marital relationships in the believer. In fact, this passage promotes the idea that a man should not even touch a woman who is not his wife. In fact, women can be very distracting to men who are in the ministry. However, Paul goes on to write that in order to avoid sexual sin in the believer, each man should have his own wife. The passage explains that the husband’s body is no his own neither is the wife’s body her own, but that they should give themselves to each other. Granted, Paul said in this passage that celibacy is good, but it is better to be married and not sin.
Third, and most importantly, the command of celibacy is an affront to the relationship of Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:22-33 (KJV) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. … For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
In Ephesians 5, we the relationship of the home explained as a picture of the relationship of Christ and the church. In this example, Christ, as the head of the church, is compared to the husband, as the head of the home. The church, as the bride of Christ is compared to the wife as the husband’s bride. Clearly illustrating that the home is a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church.
These three points illustrate the Catholic church’s perversion of the Scriptures. However, it is still a deeper problem than the perversion of Scripture. Some writings indicate that the Priest is “married” to the church. Consider that for a moment: married to the church. Ephesians 5 tells us plainly that the church is the bride of Christ. The greater problem here is that the Catholic church is claiming that the priest assumes the role of Christ! Consider the ramifications of this.
Ephesians 5:25-26 (KJV) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.
Now, I am not claiming that I am the reason that my wife is saved. But, Ephesians 5 does claim that the love of a husband to his wife is emblematic of the love of Christ to the church – a love which did bring forth salvation to us all. Is the Catholic church claiming that salvation can only be obtained through the priest? If we consider the Catholic’s doctrine of confession (where one confesses his sins to the priest), we must assume so.
It is obvious that there is a problem in the Catholic church with sexual abuse. Looking merely at the surface, one could assume that the abuse is the result of man’s natural desire for a woman being expressed in secret and perverse ways. However, the problem is far, far more severe than that. The problem is in the totality of the demonic doctrines of the Catholic church.