I hope all my readers had a good and blessed Easter Sunday! 🙏
Unfortunately, my situation has not changed. Hope does spring eternal, but up here in New England it's less likely. It was 80°F yesterday, the first time in a while it was that hot on an April Easter up here. I went to a restaurant for dinner, my first meat products since Mardi Gras were lamb, roast beef, and pork. At this place there were plenty of pregnant mommies and women (young to middle-aged) wearing sleeveless dresses, something I've not seen on Easter ever. (I went to an Easter Vigil the previous night.)
As a man it is very natural to be attracted to women and smile at baby bumps, knowing that Mrs. X is going to give birth in the near future. I would consider myself hyper-attractive, and therefore would not make it as a priest or monk. (Don't get me started about married priests!) This is another reason why God created marriage.
We are all called to celibacy at some point, for which I am discriminated against for holding this viewpoint. I can say that I have been chaste all my life and will not change until I find that Catholic sweetheart, if I do find her.
Because I support the institution of Holy Matrimony and loathe divorce, etc., I am also discriminated against, not only by some older liberal folks, but by persons my age, and also, yes, the modern-day Catholic hierarchy. There is one major U.S. archdiocese (which I will not disclose the city) that requires a pornographic Pre-Cana course and retreat where the engaged couple sleeps together with free condoms provided. This archdiocese also doesn't allow parish priests to schedule weddings for their own parishioners! (Quite a few Canon Law violations)
May 13th is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Fatima Apparitions. Priests have been granted permission to use the Mass texts from the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Aug. 22nd) to say a Votive Mass of the First Class in lieu of the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine (who wrote several theological opinions on how to depose a Pope). Please pray.