Priest arrested over nun's rape claim (c) The Telegraph Every time I read a story regarding (alleged and proven) sexual abuse by Catholic priests and monks I ponder the role of enforced chastity and the associated guilt about sins of the flesh. Each time, my philosophical mind argues that humans are distinct from other animals due to the proven ability of logical and rational thought, but my physiological mind tells me that humans are nonetheless animals and that sex is a primeval urge that takes an awful lot of suppressing. Saying that, there are a mere handful of Buddhist monks accused of sexually assaulting anyone and their vows of celibacy are as severe, if not more so, than a Catholic priestâs. I know that there are relatively few allegations compared with the number of Catholic priests and monks, but I also think that like rape, there are more cases than ever get alleged. I am nominally CofE and have no motive in posting this other than to ask what other people think regarding whether celibacy is actually needed to achieve spiritual enlightenment and true religious devotion, bearing in mind rabbis, vicars and imams can marry and have sexual relations.