Priestly Celibacy

Some articles on priestly celibacy, celibacy, priestly:

Criticism Of The Catholic Church - Criticism of Catholic Organization - Clerical Celibacy
... Mandatory priestly celibacy first appeared for the Spanish clergy at the Synod of Elvira in 306-306 ... Mandatory celibacy was written into law for the entire clergy in the as a result of the Second Lateran Council in 1139 ... The Catholic Church's requirement of a vow of celibacy from Latin rite priests (while allowing very limited individual exceptions) is criticized for differing from Christian traditions ...
Clerical Celibacy (Catholic Church) - Historical Origins
... unmarried men and required a commitment to lifelong celibacy, while the Eastern Churches relaxed the rule, so that Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches now require their married clergy to abstain from ... deacons to marry up to the point of their priestly ordination, thus continuing to maintain the traditional exclusion of marriage by those who are priests ... the one exception mentioned, exclude marriage after priestly ordination, and why all reserve the episcopate (seen as a fuller form of priesthood than the ...
Pope Paul VI - Papacy - Theology - Encyclicals
... promulgated on 24 June 1967, defends the Catholic Church's tradition of priestly celibacy in the West ... Priestly celibacy is considered a discipline rather than dogma, and some had expected that it might be relaxed. 1967, confirms the traditional Church teaching, that celibacy is an ideal state and continues to be mandatory for Roman Catholic priests ...

Famous quotes containing the words celibacy and/or priestly:

    Christianity as an organized religion has not always had a harmonious relationship with the family. Unlike Judaism, it kept almost no rituals that took place in private homes. The esteem that monasticism and priestly celibacy enjoyed implied a denigration of marriage and parenthood.
    Beatrice Gottlieb, U.S. historian. The Family in the Western World from the Black Death to the Industrial Age, ch. 12, Oxford University Press (1993)

    Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925)