Sunday, August 2, 2015

Medieval Game

Cardinal Lothario of Segni, who went on to be elected Pope Innocent III in 1198, explains to Medieval men why they should avoid marriage:
1. "A wife competes to have the most expensive dresses and accoutrements, so that the upkeep of the wife always exceeds her husband's fortune..."

2. "In general, she sighs and cries, day and night, and gossips and grumbles."

3. She'll say [of another woman], "She is better dressed and can go out in public, and is honored there by everyone; while I am the most miserable, the only one to be looked down upon in the gathering of women, and am disparaged by all." 

4. "Only she wishes to be loved, only she to be praised; praise of another is treated suspiciously as a disgrace to herself."

5. "Everything she loves is to be loved, everything she rejects is to be hated." 

6. "She wishes to win, but her victory is worthless."

7. "She cannot bear to serve, but strives to dominate." 

8. "She wants to be allowed to do anything and not be prohibited from anything."

9. "If she is beautiful, it is easy to fall in love with her, and if she is ugly she will willingly do her best; but it is difficult to keep hold of what is loved by many, and troublesome to possess what not wishes to have."

10. "You can try it out before you buy a horse, an ass, an ox or a dog, clothes or a bed, even a cup or a jug; but a wife is only glimpsed with difficulty, so that she might displease before she is taken; whatever might come about in the end, she must be kept by necessity, even if she is fat, stinky, ill, idiotic, or even proud or irascible, or if she has any corrupted blemish."
Godless heathens and other Christians often wonder why celibacy is mandatory for Catholic clergy. Wouldn't they offer better advice to married couples if priests had firsthand knowledge of the joys and difficulties of marriage? Over a thousand years worth of discipline and theological work has gone into clerical celibacy so it's not going to change any time soon. Strictly speaking, the early Church never allowed priests to marry, but rather ordained married men. In other words, if an an unmarried man was ordained a priest, he could not marry later. Why would they need to anyway? Priests are already living in poverty, celibacy and obedience, ha.

Seriously though, the celibate Catholic priest often has keener insights into the nature of marriage by nature of his being an impartial outside observer. They've seen and heard it all within a few years of their ordinations. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop many of them from embracing the lies of feminism or progressivism. In the 21st century, the vast majority of lay people who work side by side with priests every day are women. In the United States, something like 80+ percent of all lay volunteers and employees at the parish and diocesan levels are women. Father has to tread carefully lest he be called onto the carpet at the chancery and scolded for not being paaaaastoral.

But as Pope Innocent III shows us, humans may invent new technologies and toys to amuse themselves but human nature never changes.

1 comment:

  1. My husband spent some time reading Juvenal a couple winters ago. What I remember from his descriptions was a situation very similar to our modern society. Men were turning their backs on marriage due to the lack of good options in women. Disease and adultery were rampant.

    It seems there are only brief periods in history when things are held in check. It is very true that human nature never changes. The only thing that changes are the names of the humans.