I was born and raised Catholic and let me tell you what, as an asexual, I might not have won the sexuality lottery but I damn sure came in second when it comes to the Catholic church. Because while my orientation, along with all other nonheterosexual orientations, is a result of the effects of original sin on the world, at least the whole celibacy bit comes a little more naturally to me.
See, because while so many people, including close friends, are going gaga over Pope Francis’ comments that he has no place to judge someone* if that someone " is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will," yet these same people tend to gloss over the fact that while being gay is okay, gay actions are still verboten. Worse, very few seem to realize that this has literally been the Roman Catholic Church’s position for years: nonheterosexuals and the unwed are called to abstinance and chastity.
Nothing has changed. Nothing at all.
Basically, if you want to be a good Catholic, you’d best be heterosexual or be celibate. Because hey, it’s sure been working for those priests.
*specifically, he talked about gay priests
I'm guessing it's a battered spouse kind of thing. After putting up with years of people screaming obscenities and cursing you every waking hour of the day, dialing things back to someone muttering slurs under their breath behind your back might seem like a marked improvement. (PROTIP: It's still bullshit.)
Haha, Papal fanboys
Though on a serious note, are you a practicing Catholic? I always took you for an atheist/non-practicing "may as well be atheist" Catholc, like myself, mainly due to the whole undead, homosexual, paedophile priest motif you have going on.
Well like every movement with great ideals it falls down due to the fact that the hierarchy are only human, and very conservative ones at that, since you kind of have to be old school to get into the upper-echelons.
But I understand the allegiance, mostly because I'm from Northern Ireland. So I despite being basically an atheist I get grouped with the Catholics anyway, and since most of my family and friends are still believers I feel a need to stand up for their beliefs too.
Also Catholicism is just more impressive than the other Christian faiths. We're got the gold, artwork, hierarchy, temples, history, mythology. The Protestants are basically several hundred denominations all arguing about which manner of Jesus is the correct one, whilst denouncing all the saints and the prestige.