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To: 2ndDivisionVet; NYer; ImaGraftedBranch; wagglebee; little jeremiah

We have precedent in this; Jewish rabbis are expected to be fruitful and multiply. In the Eastern Catholic rites, men who are married can enter the priesthood if they wish to do so.

On one hand, one can refer to Paul in 1 Corinthians, when he counsels that those who have the self-control (and this is important to note) to do so, should maintain celibacy.

On the other, it is commonly acknowledged that many of the early Apostles were married men.

At this stage in time, what would be the proper decision for this discipline of clerical celibacy in the Latin Rite?


10 posted on 09/14/2013 10:16:48 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Celibacy wasn’t required until the middle ages and it came about as a practical response to priests bankrupting their congregations with their own large families that had to be provided for through offerings...

Celibacy is unnatural , I say the church should attract more into the priesthood and not less. The church is under attack by Muslims that are multiplying like rabbits and are taught by their “god” to start multiplying at age 9... Time we joined the battle.


24 posted on 09/15/2013 4:17:57 AM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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