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The Vatican's Secretary of State has told a Venezuelan newspaper that the issue of mandatory priestly celibacy may be discussed. The issue has been largely dismissed since it is a long-standing Church discipline. Continue Reading

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  1. michael
    1 year ago

    I look forward to Deacon Keith's analysis of the question of clerical celibacy. With this in mind, I hope that he looks at studies done over the past few decades that clearly state that clerical celibacy is of apostolic origin, not something of the Middle Ages. Furthermore, it is important to note that the Eastern Catholic Churches and the Orthodox assemblies separate from Peter embraced an innovation of married clergy with the local council of Trullo in the 8th century. The disciplines enacted at this council in regards to a married priesthood were never accepted by Rome as it was against the apostolic custom. In fact, in the East, there is still celibacy. A bishop, for example, can never be married. This clinging to the apostolic custom in this regard means that nearly every candidate for the episcopacy in the East is taken from among the monks in the monasteries. You see, there are practically no diocesan priests who can become bishops because they have the impediment of being married. Furthermore, it is a fact that if a priest in the East or a married priest in the West, such as a former Anglican minister, cannot get remarried if there wife dies. Why is there this impediment? Any laymen widower can get remarried if he so wishes, but a priest cannot. Also, all seminarians in the East must leave seminary and find a wife before being ordained to the diaconate. Again, this is the remnants of celibacy in action. After getting married and settling down for a year, the seminarians return and then get married.

    Please have Deacon Keith look at the early councils, such as Carthage in the 4th century. it will be an eye opener. Also, Deacon Keith should also look at canon law itself which clearly states that the idea of a married diaconate with the deacon still cohabiting with his wife and engaging in the marital act, seems to be forbidden.

    In the end, the call to the clerical life and a call to the celibate life are two distinct callings, but they are necessarily linked. In short, then, if a man is called to the priesthood he is necessarily called to the celibate life as he is a bridegroom of the Church. If the Church is a bride, then having the Church as a wife and a natural wife too is nothing short of bigamy.

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