Alongside predictable questions raised by the decision to embrace a life of celibacy, the seminarian faces widespread doubt about whether the church is capable of providing the formation necessary to produce well-adjusted, sexually healthy priests.Some critics of the church see sexual abuse as the natural result of celibacy, which they regard as a psychologically unnatural way of life.
The only solution to the problem of priestly sexual abuse would be to drop mandatory celibacy. For one thing, most sexual abuse is committed by non-celibates, a lot of it within families.
For another, the percentage of celibate clergy who abuse tends to mirror the percentage among their non-celibate counterparts in other faiths, as well as among secular professionals.
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