(Bamberg) Stefan Hartmann (59), Catholic priest and pastor of Oberhaid in Upper Franconia (Archdiocese of Bamberg) wants to be "released" from celibacy. Yesterday he posted a letter he sent to Pope Francis on his Facebook page.
He Gave a "Premature" Vow of Celibacy
The priest explains to the Catholic Church leader that he had given his promise of celibacy "prematurely" in 1981. Celibacy does not comply with his "constitution". After "long evaluation" of his conscience and in view of his "personal situation" and "consciousness" of his "weakness" and his "mistakes," he is making the request for release from celibacy while maintaining his priesthood. Last January, Hartmann had explained on the television show "Höhe der Zeit" [Up To Date] broadcast all over Germany that he has a daughter. In 1982 he was ordained a priest.
Relationship with Community Officer
Then he started a relationship with his church officer. Retrieved from "love" he never speaks, as a matter a timeeditor (Christ & the world) noticed.
He got a lot of obligatory "praise for his honesty, from the community and from the Facebook community", said Die Zeit which knew to report it, mixing up honesty and dishonesty. Hartmann belongs to a kind of Hardliner. He did not draw the necessary conclusions from his actions and ought to be unfrocked. For example, in order to take care of his daughter. Other secularized priests became external Church opponents. Hartmann wants to stay inside the same and rebuild the Church according to his weakness. The applause of the media is certainly with him.
"Voluntary" Celibacy Nonsense
The priest breaks the vow of celibacy, leads a double life, does not draw the appropriate conclusions, but wants unapologetic adaptation not only for special treatment for himself, but even the whole ecclesiastical order to his "weakness". Because celibacy is just an "anachronism", which should be abolished thinks Hartmann. He speaks generously about not wanting to abolish celibacy, but the introduction of "voluntary" celibacy, which is admittedly utter nonsense. This would elevate married clergy to a standard, which excludes whomever wants to just live as a celibate priest, from marriage. But as is known no one is forced into marriage by the Catholic Church. God had given love, "not celibacy" which celibacy opponents bring in their assault on the constitution of the Church as a fairly primitive denominator. That Jesus set aside celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom as a special act of love, is suppressed at all costs.
Jesus added, because He knew the people, even in the 21st century: "The one who can accept this should accept it." [Mathew 19:11] Today, all sorts of people jostling in front of the celibacy debate which doesn't affected them. Were they silent, the quality of the discussion would gain much thereby. The priesthood and the religious life are voluntary acts, only obligatory to those who are called. And to this appeal is included celibacy and chastity. Anything else would be a form of fraud, to oneself, to God and to man.
The affected Archdiocese of Bamberg is silent. It sees no need for action, because Pastor Hartmann has only performed this escapade once 24 years ago. Hartmann himself knows better whether the Pope will offer a release from his vow of celibacy because of his "weakness" and his "constitution". Strength of character looks different.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: BR (screenshot)
Image: BR (screenshot)
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