Skip to comments.What are celibacy, chastity, and continence? 9 things to know and share
Posted on 01/26/2014 2:16:55 PM PST by NYer
There is a great deal of confusion about what celibacy, chastity, and continence are.
Each one of these concepts is subject to common misunderstandings, but the differences between them are easy to sort out.
A reader from the Asian country of Myanmar writes:
Please, may I ask your help to explain the similarities and differences between celibacy and chastity, especially in the context of consecrated life, among diocesan clergy, and in married life.
I’d be happy to help! I’ll also throw in the related concept of continence.
Here are 9 things to know and share . . .
1) Formal vs. Informal Speech
People often think that celibacy means not having sex, or having a commitment to not have sex.
This understanding is so common that you will find dictionary definitions for celibacy like “abstention from sexual intercourse.”
People often have the same idea about chastity, and so you can find dictionary definitions for chastity like “the state of not having sex with anyone : the quality or state of being chaste.”
These are informal ways of speaking that use these words the way they are popularly understood.
In this piece, though, we are going to look at what these terms mean when they are being used in a formal, Catholic context.
2) What is continence?
Continence refers to what people think celibacy and chastity refer to—that is, not having sex.
3) What is celibacy?
Celibacy is the state of not being married.
4) What is chastity?
Chastity is the virtue of being sexually pure.
5) How do these concepts relate to consecrated life?
People who live the consecrated life take vows regarding the evangelical councils of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
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Read the Full Text for the entire context, ping!
It will always be Burma to me.
By definition, celibacy is something you can't "share!"
Continence is when you don’t have to wear diapers.
Burkina Faso called. They want their Upper Volta back.
**Thus, everyone is called to exercise the virtue of chastity, but the form that takes will depend on their state of life.**
My OCD son had a conniption when he discovered Yugoslavia had broken up.
You beat me to it!
As opposed to incontinence when you need to wear diapers..lol
Abstinence is ‘not having sex’ as a choice.
Chastity is being holy and ‘chaste’ or pure....as in the ‘chasitity belt’ of old.
We do not need new definitions, the old ones are find.
Well the jerk store called and, oh, never mind....
Chastity means you are not having sex with someone you should not be having sex with.
Could be worse:
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