Wednesday, May 01, 2002

Going back to De Adhaerendo Deo, Chapter 11, I want to place emphasis on the last sentence of that chapter written by St. Albertus Magnus.

What is more, to be tempted is not a sin, but the opportunity for exercising virtue, so that temptation can be greatly to a man's benefit, since it is held that the whole of a man's life on earth is a testing.

Of course, St. Albertus Magnus is a Doctor of the Church, he was also the mentor of St. Thomas Aquinas. I wonder what he would say if he ever found out that some people were desiring the removal of priests who had, but resisted, temptations of a homosexual nature. Since the temptation, according to St. Albertus Magnus, is not a sin, and the rebuffing of that temptation is actually an opportunity to exercise virtue (both statements which are affirmed by the Catholic Church). One may even argue that these men, by denying these temptations and adhering to their vows of obedience to Church teaching are made better men, and thereby better priests because of it.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13

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