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What are celibacy, chastity, and continence? 9 things to know and share
NC Register ^ | January 26, 2014 | Jimmy Akin

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.

SNIP

3) What is celibacy?

Celibacy is the state of not being married.

SNIP

4) What is chastity?

Chastity is the virtue of being sexually pure.

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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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1 posted on 01/26/2014 2:16:55 PM PST by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Read the Full Text for the entire context, ping!


2 posted on 01/26/2014 2:17:36 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle
A reader from the Asian country of Myanmar writes

It will always be Burma to me.

3 posted on 01/26/2014 2:22:40 PM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: NYer
"What are celibacy, chastity, and continence? 9 things to know and share"

By definition, celibacy is something you can't "share!"

;)

4 posted on 01/26/2014 2:22:51 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Also the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades)
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Continence is when you don’t have to wear diapers.


5 posted on 01/26/2014 2:23:49 PM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: Gamecock

Burkina Faso called. They want their Upper Volta back.


6 posted on 01/26/2014 2:26:38 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: NYer

Good article.

**Thus, everyone is called to exercise the virtue of chastity, but the form that takes will depend on their state of life.**


7 posted on 01/26/2014 2:37:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: vladimir998

My OCD son had a conniption when he discovered Yugoslavia had broken up.


8 posted on 01/26/2014 2:41:35 PM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not interested in the sporting event.)
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To: Gamecock
Continence is when you don’t have to wear diapers.

You beat me to it!

9 posted on 01/26/2014 2:46:35 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Gamecock

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.


10 posted on 01/26/2014 2:55:10 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: vladimir998; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle
Burkina Faso called. They want their Upper Volta back.

Well the jerk store called and, oh, never mind....

11 posted on 01/26/2014 3:02:45 PM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: NYer
Celibacy means you are not having sex.

Chastity means you are not having sex with someone you should not be having sex with.

12 posted on 01/26/2014 3:09:01 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Tax-chick

Ha!

Could be worse:

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13 posted on 01/26/2014 3:09:25 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: NYer
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14 posted on 01/26/2014 6:17:13 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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