Some guy at SFGate.com has written a nice little diatribe against the Catholic Church, full of ad hominems, cliches and 5th rate satire. Typical liberal tropes like calling the Catholic Church’s sexual teachings “bigotry.” He starts with the cliche, “You no playa the game; you no make-a the rules,” a longstanding cliche of Protestants and liberal Catholics that is presented, among other things, in C. S. Lewis’s _The Pilgrim’s Regress_. The more seriously worded form is, of course, “Priests don’t know anything about sex because they’re not married.”
Now, how much the Holy Father, or any other priest, knows about sex is between him and God, but priests learn an awful lot in the confessional if they didn’t in seminary or beforehand.
In any case, priests *do* know desire, and they *do* know chastity. It can be argued that many people have gifts for particular virtues, including chastity. There are many men–including married men–who have no problem with chastity (when married, these men tend to become NFP teachers). They have a natural gift for this virtue, and, like anyone with a natural gift, have a hard time understanding those who don’t have that gift. But that’s another story.
There is also an argumen to be made that marriage, as such, carries challenges that–in the context of NFP–a priest may not fully understand.
Nevertheless, a priest, at least in principle, knows how to be chaste. When a priest says, “You need to live in chastity if you’re not married,” the proper response is not, “You don’t know what sex is like.” The proper response is, “I struggle with this virtue, Father, could you please give me some help, since you are so experienced with it?”
Secondly, this article uses the modern day myth that Jesus was all about compassion. As I’ve said many times, I just don’t get where people come up with that silly idea.
Lastly, it uses the liberal argument that all people are created good, according to Genesis, so whatever people want to do must be good. Yeah, right. The Bible also very clearly states that our first parents, created good by God, abused their freedom and sinned, and that we are all sinners and fall short of the city of God, and that very few people actually make it to Heaven.