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Clerical celibacy (Catholic Church)


Clerical celibacy is the discipline within the Catholic Church by which only unmarried men are ... Throughout the Catholic Church, East as well as West, a priest may not marry. ... In the earliest y...

A Brief History of Celibacy in the Catholic Church | FutureChurch


A Brief History of Celibacy in the Catholic Church ... However, most priests were married. ... France: documents show that the majority of priest were married.

Prof. Thomas O'Loughlin gives history of celibacy in the Catholic ...


May 16, 2012 ... Popes have spoken of it a 'the jewel in the crown of the priesthood'. ... was to promote the abolition of celibacy, for once priests were married they ... a different image of one who was always ready to go “on a sick-call”, the ally ...

Priestly Celibacy in Patristics and Church History


Even married popes are known to us.<sup>1</sup> And yet, paradoxically, one has to desist, ... for the bishops and for the priests; when they were (still) lay people or lectors, they ..... on the Catholic Church to relax the law of celibacy, it has always resisted.

Why a Celibate Priesthood? | Catholic Answers


The celibacy of the Catholic priesthood is a sign of great contradiction in our time. ... Catholics—are pretty sure that Jesus would oppose a celibate priesthood. .... The discipline was lived out in different ways, depending on where you were in the .... the Eastern churches will always remain what they are now: ethnic, national ...

39 Popes Were Married! - John Shuster


39 Popes Were Married! by FATHER JOHN SHUSTER, MARRIED ROMAN ... of the Church's existence, priests, bishops and 39 popes were married.<sup>3</sup> Celibacy ..... It states,: "...the salvation of souls...is always the supreme law of the Church.

catholicism - When did the prohibition of marriage for priests in the ...


Nov 7, 2011 ... I've also heard that many if not all of the first popes were married and had families . .... Even the Catholic church would admit that celibacy was not enforced ... Priests have always been prohibited to marry, all the way back to ...

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Celibacy of the Clergy - New Advent


In almost all Catholic congregations, a priest who married would be ruined; all his ... Supposing always that the vow of celibacy is faithfully kept, the power which this .... and the clergy more respected if Catholic priests were permitted to marry.

The new push to end priestly celibacyCatholicHerald.co.uk


Feb 25, 2016 ... The traditional idea of the celibate priesthood has been undermined in other ..... He stated with some confidence that lay Catholics were prepared to accept a .... officials seem always to display the hallmarks of a rigid template.

Priestly Celibacy - EWTN.com


This book addresses these and fifty other confusions about the Catholic faith that are ... All monks in the East are celibate, and Eastern Rite bishops are always ... the Church were imposing a discipline against the will of prospective priests.

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When Did the Catholic Church Decide Priests Should Be Celibate?


Ancient Druid priests were thought to have been celibate and Aztec temple .... ( just reading tonight) must assert something, which has always been true and ...

Why are priests celibate? - U.S. Catholic


Aug 27, 2009 ... Celibacy, however, was not always a requirement for ordination. ... require Catholics to rethink our understanding of the priesthood, though it ... The entire Biblical descriptions of who he was and what he did were fabrications.

Celibacy and the Priesthood | Catholic Answers


The first and most basic confusion is thinking of priestly celibacy as a dogma or ... Even in the Eastern churches, though, there have always been some ... Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were ...