Friday, March 26, 2010

The Fruits of Unnatural Celibacy

You must have read about the latest news of sex abuse by Christian priests, making headlines.

You may feel , what's new in this? I could almost hear Osho chuckle. For Osho always ridiculed the perverted priesthood and the doctrine of celibacy forced on them.

Priests and clergymen, down the centuries, have been indulging in sexual abuse in the monasteries. What else would they do? If natural sexuality is denied, and they are asked to observe forced celibacy, and go on speaking against sex, this is bound to happen.

Now these incidents come to the fore thanks to the super active media who gleefully exposes them and asks for an action.
The New York Times reports on March 24th, Arthur Budzinski says he was first molested in 1960 at a cemetery behind St. John's School for the Deaf, when he went to Father Murphy for confession. But it is only one of thousands of cases forwarded over decades by bishops to the Vatican office.

Vatican’s insistence on secrecy has often impeded cooperation to discipline the offenders. At the same time, the officials’ reluctance to defrock a sex abuser shows that on a doctrinal level, the Vatican has tended to view the matter in terms of sin and repentance more than crime and punishment.

How long are we going to put up with this? Osho has raised his voice against this in no uncertain terms.

"Christian theologians are very clever in finding ways. Just a few days ago, the third man in the Church of England has come out with the statement that, "Taking the vow of celibacy does not include homosexuality." You can be celibate and you can be homosexual; it simply prevents you from heterosexuality. A new definition! They have to find such a definition, because almost fifty percent of Christian monks are homosexuals. The remaining ones may be masturbating, but nobody, unless he is born impotent, can be celibate by nature.
"These people go on teaching unnatural things. And when people cannot cope with unnaturalness, and they are drawn to their nature, it becomes sin. Then they have to be condemned to hellfire. To be natural is a sin, according to Christianity -- and according to other religions too. To be unnatural and abnormal -- to be perverted -- is to be saintly."

Christianity: The Deadliest Poison and Zen: The Antidote to All Poisons

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