Okay. Show of hands. Everybody reading is fairly sure that it’s bad for a priest to have sex with a person with whom he’s in a ministerial relationship, right? So, up (or not) with your hands.
Hands down. Tougher question: should it be illegal for a priest to have sex with such a person? And hands?
In liberal ol’ Minnesota, did you know it’s a felony?
A Saint Paul parish priest is seeking to have the felony charges thrown out. Unconstitutionality. Interesting take from the archdiocese:
Andrew Eisenzimmer, chancellor for civil affairs with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said the archdiocese has not taken a position on the constitutionality of the law. He said these types of cases are complex because of the restrictions on testimony about a particular religion’s practices or beliefs.
The Church wades in and wades deep in a lot of situations where both the morality is clear and the legality is complex or unclear. In the archdiocese’s defense, this case is already five years old.