A group of women have written a letter to the pope announcing that they have known a number of priests -- carnally. That's right, roughly a dozen Italian women have published a public missive directed at Pope Benedict XVI on a website message board revealing past and current dalliances with unnamed priests and demanding an end to the church's strict stance on celibacy, according to CNN.
"The priest, like every human being, needs to live with his kindred, to experience feelings, to love and be loved, and also to conform deeply with another, something which he is hardly willing to do for fear of exposing himself to danger," the letter says. "We wonder if, like all man-made laws, at a certain time, in a certain historic time, it is not the case to discuss it again and change it or even, as we hope, completely abolish it." Brava! Well done, ladies.
It certainly seems a more rational and effective approach than blaming celibacy for priest's sexual abuse of children.