Recently revealed personal letters indicate Saint John Paul II aka Karol Wojtyla had a long, intimate friendship with a married woman that, at the least, bordered on inappropriate (see story below).
Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (pictured), a Polish-American philosopher, sold the letters Wojtyla had written to her — letters not made public until now — to the National Library of Poland in 2008. She died in 2014.
Celibacy for clerics was made mandatory in 1139 by pope Innocent II mainly to ensure church property stayed within the church. Human nature being what it is, the forced celibacy of priests and nuns led to sinful relationships and monstrous abuses too numerous to count.
Celibacy remains a controversial issue within Catholicism and is certainly a factor in the dramatic decline in the number of Catholic clerics that we now see.
I thank the Lord He freed me from the chains of Catholic legalism and tradition. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and seek out a Bible-believing, evangelical fellowship. Following the religious rules of men won’t save.
“They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.” – Matthew 23:4
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” – 1 Timothy 4:1-5
John Paul II ‘secret letters’ reveal connection to married woman he called ‘a gift from God’