By Diana Wambui
Recently, netizens have been abuzz with discussions surrounding the unfortunate incident involving Catholic priest Joseph Kariuki.
The priest died in hospital after being taken there by his mistress who found him unconscious after spending the night with him in a hotel in Murang’a county.
Well, turns out, you can play hide-and-seek with folks, but God has the ultimate cheat code! He will expose you in broad daylight.
With celibacy being vital in priesthood, the incident has ignited a debate on the merits of celibacy and the challenges faced by individuals who choose a life of religious devotion.
The incident reminds us of the complexities of human nature and the perils of suppressing natural desires. It prompts contemplation on the potential consequences when individuals are unable to reconcile their innate yearnings with the expectations imposed upon them.
In the biblical context, Paul’s words regarding celibacy and marriage offers valuable insights. He acknowledges that each person possesses unique gifts from God, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and nurturing these gifts.
Paul encourages the unmarried and widows to remain single, highlighting the benefits of dedicating oneself solely to the service of God. However, he also acknowledges the significance of self-control, stating that if one cannot resist their passions, it is better to marry than to succumb to temptation.
Imagine if the priest chose to swap his robe for a family man and serve God as a devoted dad instead; wouldn’t that be divine respectability?
The incident raises questions about the limitations and challenges inherent in the clergy’s commitment to celibacy, and whether a more flexible approach should be considered.