weakness of NFP (natural family planning) is man’s weakness, that of priests, too
anti-RH Bill proponents say abstinence and discipline for sexual partners is the way to go for avoiding unwanted pregnancies. and that is very much needed when couples decide to use NFP (natural family planning). one needs to be aware and strictly follow a woman’s “safe periods” . making sure engaging in sex only during these times. that will take a lot of fiscipline and control for both partners, specially for the male partner.
and that is where the problem lie for the practice of NFP – discipline and self-control. “special” humans like priests are supposed to be stronger. they are more disciplined and has more control than regular humans like us. theirs is founded on strong faith and belief and and many years of study and indoctrination as to what is right or wrong 24/7 while regular humans like us are just founded on a few hours of religion class in school and once a week sunday masses.
but as this report from the US shows, the clergy, catholic priests themselves lose it too with the discovery of new sex abuses by the clergy and their numbers soaring. these numbers should are just the tip of the iceberg as most sex abuses by priests are normally hidden intentionally or unintentionally. many victims of sex abuse by priests are too traumatized to reveal them or intentionally push them deep down into the subconscious that sometimes it takes years for the them to surface out to the conscious or never.
if priests who are supposed the masters of what is right or wrong, whose lives are dedicated to these pursuits 24/7 unable to control their urges and engage in sex apparently uncontrollably , how much more (or less) would regular humans like us exercise control and discipline that is needed in the use of NFP?
Clergy sex allegations soar in the US—study
By Karin Zeitvogel
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:34:00 04/12/2011
WASHINGTON—Allegations of sexual abuse involving the Roman Catholic clergy in the United States rose sharply last year to nearly 700 from around 400 in 2009, according to a church report Monday.
The vast majority of the allegations, 653, involved alleged abuse that occurred decades ago but whose “victims/survivors are just now finding the courage to report” them, the study said.
Thirty accusations were made by current minors, but only eight were deemed credible, said the US church’s annual report on implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
The number of victims was up sharply from 2009, when there were some 400 new allegations of clergy sex abuse in the United States.