In today’s society, there many types of relationships. Marriage between a man and a women tends to last the longest where it is worked on.
With there being many sexual scandals exposed recently that have involved ministers of religion, it shows that in many cases there has been a lack of balanced teaching about relationships, including sex within marriage, at theological colleges and in churches. Most of the people accused have been single, especially when it involves the Roman Catholic Church. It is interesting that in the Church of England, the so called ‘Anglo-Catholic’ wing, most ‘priests’ are married and often are more ‘Catholic’ than their counterparts in the Roman Catholic church. It is also noticeable that there are only rare cases of sexual misdemeanours. So,, I urge the Roman Catholic church to allow priests to marry, so that their sexual urges can be released within a loving and caring marriage. Apart from the sexual side of things, I also believe it would encourage more people to become priests if they can marry (the number of priests applying to join the Catholic church is slowly reducing each year). It is up to the Church to show the way and model relationships to the world. Sexual abuse continues to rise and is becoming more disgusting in its methods as people, mainly men, get bored with the old ways. But, teaching on sex needs to be done in the context of sex within marriage, self-identity (including being secure in their identity to say ‘no’) and seeing that relationships involve more than sex (there needs to be encouragement for depth in relationships). ‘Going out’ should be taught that they need to do enriching activities together with other people so that they have many different things to talk about, apart from, sport, soaps and sex. Young people need to be challenged about ideas they get from the media. The media also needs challenging about thinking that they know what is best , when they do not. They need encouraging to use writers who have a better imagining for exciting scripts that still stay with the boundaries of moral decency, including better use of language.
Marriage provides an ideal model in which to bring a balanced upbringing of children.