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To: Kolokotronis

Be that as it may, Pope Gregory VII and other popes before him pushed celibacy because otherwise the clergy would have formed another feudal caste. As it was, Bishops often behaved like barons. With a married priesthood, church holdings would have fallen into the hands of yet one more set of noble families. As it way, many bishoprics fell into the hands of "nephews." One of the great problems of the French Church in the 18th Century was that almost all the bishops came from noble families, leaving little room at the top for priests from the lower orders.


6 posted on 01/20/2007 6:18:26 PM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: RobbyS

RS, I've heard that reason for pushing celibacy before and have no reason to doubt it at all. I also have no reason to question the Latin Church's discipline. I doubt many, if any, Orthodox Christians question Rome's absolute right to set such disciplines for its particular church. So far as I know, Rome doesn't seek to impose that discipline on churches in communion with it in their own territories, let alone on Orthodoxy if a reunion ever occurs. I do question the reasoning of the author of this article and find his abuse of historic Orthopraxis offensive.


9 posted on 01/20/2007 6:27:21 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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