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To: Twinkie; pegleg
"Disallowing marriage is ABNORMAL and scripturally condemned"

Paul recommended his converts not to marry, but to remain single just as he was... voluntarily.

Subsequent breakway churches (like the Albigensians) "disallowed" marriage, but this was clearly and forcefully repudiatedd as heresy by the Catholic Church.

Nobody in the Catholic Church forbids marriage, or even has the authority to do so. Those who want to be celibate (as our Lord was, and as Paul was) take such a vow of their own free will. Nobody ever coerces the taking of the Sacrament of Holy Orders; and if a man and his future bride are are both free to wed each other, nobody forbids trhem to do so.

44 posted on 03/01/2008 2:41:46 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Pastores vos dabo.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

You are surely not telling me that extreme pressure is and has not been put upon many a young man to fulfill his mama and papa’s dreams of becoming a priest, the height of prestige in the Catholic Church - which means that he HAS TO REMAIN CELIBATE. So, priests are DISALLOWED to marry and it has wreaked havoc on that organization and cost millions of hard earned dollars that ordinary, poor parishioners lovingly placed in the collection plates. I’m sorry, but it is disgusting.


55 posted on 03/01/2008 3:35:08 PM PST by Twinkie (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God . . .)
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