Dom Basilio Magno
I. Celibacy Does Not
Belong to the Nature of the Priesthood: It Belongs to the Essence of
argument of those who wish to remove celibacy is that it does not belong to
the nature of the priesthood. And they are right. I think it is a tragedy,
a misfortune as what happens to spinsters, to be celibates. And to
non-Christian religions that practice this, it is a waste.
of the essence of Catholicism. Remove celibacy and there goes the Church of
Christ. St. Paul stated: "I would that all men were even as myself. To
the unmarried and the widow, to continue as I am. For he that is without a
wife is solicitous for the things that belong to God, how he may please
Him. But he that is with a wife is solicitous for the things of the world,
how he may please his wife …" and probably other wives, too.
the unmarried… thinks of the things of God, how to be holy, body and
soul." "In this life, it is better not to marry," continues
St. Paul advised the single to remain single and he encouraged the married
to behave as if they are not married. He is, therefore, urging the single
to practice celibacy so that they may also attain towards purity. In
Catholicism, celibacy is the aim of both the single and the married. The
aim of their mediator with God, the priest, must also be celibacy.
Christian perfection requires continence. Perfection requires the removal
of whatever hinders man from devoting himself entirely to God's service.
And marriage hinders the mind to totally serve God, firstly, because of its
vehement delectation, which by frequent repetition increases concupiscence;
and one's solicitude for his wife and children.
Continence has its origins from Christ:
"These are eunuchs who made themselves such for the kingdom of
heaven." And Christ invited also the married to be Eunuchs. So while
Christ called Peter, a married man, to perfection by becoming a Eunuch, He
commanded John, a single man, to remain single.
couples must also observe chastity, but the chastity of celibacy is more
pleasing to God than the chastity of marriage. And since the following of
Christ requires that we do not turn back, celibacy for those desirous to
become priests ought to be confirmed by a vow: "No man, putting his
hand on the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
Chrysostom states, the end of marriage is love and unity. At the beginning
marriage is carnal; but it must progress and become spiritual. Virginity
and a celibate life is the natural improvement of marriage. And most
married saints of the Catholic church did this; St. Bridget of Sweden, a
noble married to another noble, practiced continence during the first two
years of their married life. They had several children; and when their
children had grown, the two entered monasteries and lived as celibates.
teaching was so clear and universally accepted by the early Church so that
in the monastic movement, which was primarily a laymen's movement, celibacy
was practiced by all. And today, monks, brothers and sisters and secular
institutes and mere diocesan institutes observe celibacy.
II. What is
celibacy, purity, chastity and continence. These are different ways of looking
at the same thing. The slight difference is in the perspective.
is when reason chastises concupiscence. Its object is the moderate use of
bodily members according to reason for a spiritual end, which is
supernatural faith. He who does not aim at supernatural faith will not
Purity is an
expression of a circumstance of chastity. Purity and Chastity are used
continence whereby integrity of the flesh is vowed, consecrated and
observed in honor of God who made both body and soul. St. Ambrose used the
words virginal chastity to describe integrity free of pollution the essence
of which is abstaining from pleasure for the sake of holiness.
and monastic life, commonly called red and white martyrdom, are ways of
life considered superior to mere physical virginity.
celibacy is not a human invention. The reason for it is mystical,
therefore, difficult to understand and acceptable to none. This is not a
later-on idea imposed by the Church. It was practiced by Christ and the
an observance over and above human nature. As such celibacy is difficult,
if not impossible, for one living a life of minimum prayer and maximum
exposure to the world. But majority of priests have remained faithful in
their belief and practice of celibacy, contrary to the false accusations of
wholesale infidelity. In convents and monasteries the older foreign
religious who had given up much are, in general, faithful to their vows of
celibacy. It is the young local priests who have given up little that ended
up married … fortunately though after the normal process of dispensations.
like marriage but most believe they must not marry for the benefit of their
own souls and for the benefit of the Church.
inferior to virginal continence and holy widowhood. To say marriage and
virginity area equal is the Jovinian heresy. Christ showed his preference
for celibacy; He was a celibate. He further confirmed His choice by choosing
a mother who was a celibate. Joseph, needless to say was a celibate. And
isn't the Holy Family the model for all Christian families?
the renunciation of marriage for the more perfect observance of chastity.
Its essence is the preservation of the innocence of baptism. Other sins
ruin the soul but sins against purity ruin body and soul. So. Joseph
Valokolamsk urged parents to see to it that their children are either
married or monks at 15, otherwise they would lose their purity. And if this
happens they are responsible before God.
was a symbol of spiritual castration, i.e. the cutting off of all carnal
pleasures, this celibacy was pre-figured in the Old Testament. Virginity in
the New Testament, on the other hand, is the angelic life, nay a life above
the angels because angels obtained their virginity by gift, man through
witnessing that the perfection of the Gospel is livable. If one Catholic
teaching is not livable, so it goes with the rest. So if a priest does not
observe celibacy, neither does he observe humility, meekness, fortitude,
charity, self-denial… etc. Pope Paul IV summarizes the purpose of celibacy
… Celibacy makes one conform more to Christ, enables one to love God better
and enables one to live a way of life over and above the demands of the
flesh. That's why countless laymen embrace it. And priests want to throw it
The lust of
the flesh, more than all other disturbances of the soul, impedes spiritual
growth. And so nothing makes a man freer to follow Christ than virginal
chastity with the ornament of celibacy. Celibacy is not a gift: it is an
effort. It is not given as a gift that comes with the priesthood; it is an
effort a priest must exert to be worthy of his calling.
III. The Vow of
aids in the quest for holiness. The vow of celibacy is formalized during
the sub-diaconate to remove the thought of marriage; and it does really
take away such thoughts. And the violation of the vow is a sin of
sacrilege. The sin is not in the marriage but in the violation of the vow.
So don't make a vow? So don't be a priest! Vows are so important for the
spiritual life that laymen make them. Vows make one more competent to do
the work of the Church.
vow of celibacy is likened to a piece of wood. If unshaped and rotting and
merely thrown aside, it is useless as the celibacy of spinsters. But if it
is used to fence in a precious garden or used as a floating aid by a man at
sea, then it is most precious. Remove such an instrument and the precious
garden will be destroyed by rampaging pigs and the man at sea will surely
of a married priesthood often present the symbolism of the marriage of
Christ and His Church as a justification for their desire. Unfortunately
they miss the similitude; the marriage of Christ and the Church is the
marriage of two virgin-celibates; He doesn't want anything less. Thus, we
who wish to make up the Church must qualify for membership in that Church;
and the requirement is that we be virgins … and this is more than being
IV. Crisis in the
Priesthood - An Analysis
in the priesthood is caused by one's refusal to deny oneself, take up his
cross and follow Christ . . . it is as simple as that.
All men are
born with a fallen human nature: i.e. there is a part in man that is fallen
or corrupt. The so-called commandments of Christ were meant to cure this
corruption. Spiritual writers enumerate the symptoms of this corruption
into the 8 vices. If one obeys the commandments of Christ the vices are
healed and are replaced by the virtues.
priest starts demanding that celibacy be removed, or that they be allowed
to marry and remain priests, obviously this is a sign that they are not obeying
the commandments of Christ, that their spiritual life is in complete
disarray … and for certain they don't only have the vice of lust that makes
them desire marriage but that they are probably great eaters, avaricious,
often angry, restless and lonely, not to say vainglorious and proud.
will not cure their lust because to cure lust you must cure all the vices,
specially vainglory and pride. And vices, by their very nature, become more
vicious the more they are satisfied. Thus marriage will heighten their
lust. Such people are a discredit to the priesthood and, nay, even to the
since marriage is a holy state in the Catholic Church, it is preferred that
they leave the priesthood and marry. It is a greater service to the Church
to be a good husband than to be a bad priest.
blame the crisis in the priesthood to celibacy is like blaming all your
headaches to your eyes. To be a priest and demand for a wife is like
marrying and demanding celibacy. Priests leave for many reasons, celibacy
is the mere excuse.
one, really, is against celibacy. The laymen prefer their priest to be
celibates; and all priest, when they entered the seminary or convent knew celibacy
was required and yet they aspired towards the celibate priesthood. Why?
Because it made a lot of sense.
primarily meant to remove every obstacle to love of God and neighbor, it is
meant to hasten one towards love of God and neighbor. Without celibacy,
chastity and purity of heart that leads to love of God and neighbor becomes
celibacy is not working for some priest-complainants is because they forget
celibacy is a part of a whole. To practice celibacy without living the rest
of the commands of Christ is like trying to start a car just with the
carburetor without the rest of the engine .. of course, it won't work.
turn out immature, spiritually and psychologically, the blame can't be
placed on celibacy. This is very bad diagnosis and bad psychology. It is
the seminary training that is bad.
priest, except for one or two, desire to marry; but a doctrinally upright
priest knows he has to be a celibate. And the seminary training had failed
to give him the skills to desire, maintain and perfect celibacy.
lack of a vocation can't be blamed on celibacy. In fact, celibacy is the
most attractive ingredient of the priesthood-- more than intelligence,
skill, proficiency in speech, personality or the religious order one
belongs to. If there is a lack of a vocation, have you considered that God
might just have stopped calling men to the priesthood?
we put it succinctly? A priest who begins to detest celibacy is one who has
loved the world and the things in it, like higher social status, financial
stability, etc. St. Paul described this great apostasy as caused by
"love of money and love of self."
There is no
universal clamor to remove celibacy. If you want to marry go ahead but
cease in the meantime in exercising your priesthood. Even if there were a
universal clamor, the Church never listens to universal clamors. As Pascal
observed there are few rational and brilliant persons in the world; most
are dumb. And the clamor of the majority is the clamor of the dumb
majority. Holy Mother the Church only listens to her Lord and Master Jesus
Christ. A universal clamor to abolish hell will not abolish hell.
V. A Specific
Spiritual Analysis of the State of Soul of Priests Who Wish to Remove Celibacy
(St. Francis de Sales)
of a priest who wishes to abolish celibacy shows he stands in an identical
state of Eve before the great fall. Yes, such a priest is showing signs
prelude to a great fall.
see how Lucifer and our first parents fell; then let us see how such
priests are about to fall.
hurled himself down from heaven by a disobedience proceeding from self-love
and self-esteem and envy of human nature. Since self-love and self-esteem
caused his disobedience, fall and consequent damnation, he presented the
same to our first parents to see whether it would take hold of them, too,
and cause their fall.
the malice and ruse of this infernal and lying spirit: notice the
exaggeration. "Why did God place you in this paradise and then forbid
you to eat of the trees that are here?" God never forbade them; in
fact God said they may eat of any of the trees. The devil exaggerated God's
prohibition. His purpose was to try to exact from Eve a sign whether she
was ready for a great fall. And her response showed she was ready for such
corrects the devil, "No, we may eat of any of the trees," then
shows the sign prelude to a great fall, "except that of the Tree of
the knowledge which we must not eat … or touch!!!!" God forbade them
to eat: but not to look or touch. Like the devil, Eve exaggerated the
exaggerated to induce disgust or contempt for God's command; Eve
exaggerated showing her contempt for God's command. Disgust or contempt for
commands is the first degree of disobedience.
exaggerating God's prohibition Eve was actually complaining over God's
over-strictness which did not exist. A priest who complains that celibacy
is over-strictness is doing as Eve did; for celibacy is part of a way of
life that Christ described as light and sweet. The priest is exaggerating
since this is required, as we have seen, of laymen and is presented as the
perfection of marriage.
was this command made?" the devil asks the priest thus making him hate
it and eventually withdraw from the priesthood and even the Church to be
free from the obligation of observing it … and even write disputing such
give a few more examples of how disgust and hatred for obedience are shown
in everyday life.
father tells his daughter to avoid certain dangerous parties or bad
company. The daughter, disgusted with obedience, exaggerates and says that
her father is forbidding her from having a social life. This is like saying
celibacy is making us less social.
Christian commanded to fast during Lent shows disgust by saying, "I'll
just fast because it is commanded. But if I were to choose, I would abolish
fasting." This is like saying, "If I were Pope, I would abolish
commanded to observe silence shows disgust when she says "What is
silence for? There are so many important things to be shared. If I don't
say it now I'll forget." Her dislike of silence makes her talk. The
priest's dislike of celibacy makes him marry. That is the problem: he
dislikes celibacy, he dislikes a requirement to do God's work well. He
dislikes a teaching of Christ.
cause of the crisis in the priesthood is identical to the crisis in family
life, crisis in Faith and other crises in life… lack of spiritual life,
i.e. not living in accordance to the commands of Christ. Saints experience
has never been the cause of crisis in the priesthood since the beginnings
of Christianity. However, it was a symptom of a deeper malady.
Loyson states that no intelligent priest ever blamed his leaving the
priesthood on celibacy. They use the more rational excuse of having to be
more worldly to identify themselves with the world; of course, not
realizing that by so doing they lower themselves to man's level of fallen
nature and, therefore, are unable to raise themselves up from their level
of corruption to the spiritual level.
blame celibacy for the fall of priests is to blame Matrimony for the
proliferation of promiscuity. Shall we abolish marriage just because many
husbands are unfaithful?
not use marriage to attract young men to the priesthood; they can have it
anyway outside the priesthood.
VI. The Dignity of
a Priest Requires Celibacy
A priest is
supposed to stand between God and man. How can this be if he is inferior to
the celibate laymen he mediates for?
A priest is
described as an Alter Christus. How can he be such if there is no semblance
whatsoever between him and Christ?
A priest is
supposed to preach that the entire Evangelical life can be lived. How can
he convince when he himself is not living it to the full.
Vianney states that the role of priesthood can only be understood in
heaven. Were his role understood here on earth, people would die, not of fear,
but of love.
the attainment of chastity is necessary for contemplation, that is thinking
about the things of god. How can I expect good answers about the spiritual
matters from someone concerned with pleasing his wife and engaged in the things
of the world.
does not judge a priest as one arrayed in flesh nor one with a human nature
but as an angel, and one without infirmity (John Chrysostom). So let those
be introduced to this dignity far excel others in eminence of spirit. We
don't need many priests. We have too many, in fact. What we need are a few
holy priests. The early Church had very few yet she shined in unrivaled
splendor. The few martyred priests of Japan sustained the priestless
Catholics of Nagasaki for hundreds of years. And when they were asked with
what sign they would recognize the true religion, one sign was a celibate
gives the priest free access to God (PARRHESIA). St. John Chrysostom warns
that greater waves of temptations agitate the soul of him who becomes a
priest. He needs the protection of celibacy otherwise he is lost.
purity, chastity, celibacy, though all are required of all Catholics, must
be found in an eminent degree in a priest.
A priest is
looked up to because he is a celibate. Why must we look up to them? We must
if we will accept them as our mediator with God. When we wish to make
representations before God's throne, shall we risk earning God's wrath
instead? No, we must use the best.
priesthood was designed by Christ, Himself, for this purpose… to be
mediator between God and man. Like Christ, he has no children that all may
become his children. This makes people look with awe that the priest spends
all his time for them. And we know it is quite otherwise with married
pastors as shown in other sects. People know they have to earn more for
their family's sake. And when the interest of their family and parishioners
collide, they will side with their family.
priest is always viewed as a ruined man, though out of charity we do not
say so. And legalizing their marriage does not change the picture. A
married priesthood is always a fatal decision.
priest who cannot point to the personal sacrifice he has made of leaving
father, mother, brother, sister and the married state, for the spiritual
benefit of his people--he and his cause are lost. He sinks to the level of
ordinary man, a man who has made a profession of his priesthood rather than
a vocation. He leaves his family for God and gets a wife for what? … for
himself, I presume.
celibate priest is a sign of a man ready to bear hardship. A married priest
is a sign of a man poised to have a good time.
is witnessing to a disinterestedness for the things of the world; while
marriage is a sign of longing for the world and things in the world.
Pagans, Agnostics, Protestants, Anglicans and Hindus are not impressed by
Catholic arguments; but all are impressed by the celibacy of the Catholic
married priest will not be able to keep the confidentiality of the
confessions under heavy interrogation from this wife. Missionary work in
far flung places can only be done by a celibate priesthood. The thousand
and one concerns of married life from income, disciplining of children, medical
needs, etc...are almost more than enough to make him a failure as a
priest. The priesthood is more than a full-time job.
goal is the attainment of angelic virtues; and purity can only be protected
by the practice of unremitting self-denial and strict self-discipline. A
priest, surrounded by pretty faces, affected movements, mincing walks,
silvery voices, eyes dark with shadow, painted cheeks, complicated
hairstyles, scanty clothing, ornaments, sweet perfumes...if he is not pure,
he will surely fall.
A priest is
a mediator between God and all men, begging God to be merciful to the sins
of men. He approaches God, as if responsible for all men, begging that wars
everywhere may end and tumult cease, and that men be released from all ills.
How should we rank him who must deliver these things? At least one among
the angels; or at least, one who must surpass all those for whom he
And we who
need him so much to aid us for our salvation, shouldn't we demand greater
piety, greater purity from him? The soul of a priest ought to blaze like a
light illuminating the world.
VII. What the Church Really Needs
What the Church needs are HOLY people: it is
immaterial whether they are priests, nuns or lay people. If they are not holy, they are of
no advantage to the Church. If
the priest is holy, it is immaterial whether he is celibate or
married. But if a priest
cannot be holy as a celibate, all the more if he is married. St. Gregory of Nyssa, a
married bishop, was of greater service to the Church than a hundred unholy
celibate priests… and that’s
because he was a holy bishop.
Though he was an example of one who was married before ordination.
Is it all right to be a married priest as long as one
is holy? Yes! But if it impossible for you to be
holy when you are single, i.e., without the burdens of marriage, how
can you become holy with the burdens and distractions of marriage? Let’s stop kidding ourselves!
So “holy” is the key adjective. But the way to holiness is through
purity or chastity with the safeguards of celibacy. And St. Gregory was a holy bishop
because he was first a holy husband who aimed at purity with the help of
celibacy later in his life.
It is better for the Church to have one holy
celibate priest than 100 unholy celibate priests. The latter, being useless to the Church, should cease
being priests and being celibates, and first aim at being holy husbands.
On Women Priests
The same argument goes with the idea of women
priests. A woman is only
useful to the Church if she is holy.
If she is not holy, even if she is a priest or a bishop, she is
useless to the Church and would just add to the thousands of problem
priests and bishops in the Church.
Besides, it is clearly God’s will that women do not become priests.
Women have God-given roles,
and the priesthood is not one of them.
VIII. The Ancient
Practice of the Catholic Church
All Catholics, not only priests, are called to
holiness through purity of heart wherein they shall see God. And celibacy is a powerful
instrument for the attainment of this goal. The strong must immediately aim at purity and embrace
celibacy. The weak may detour
through married life and, when they have strengthened themselves within
marriage, aim at purity using the instrument of celibacy.
And so the ancient practice of the Church is
based on this doctrine. If the
young man is strong and he wants to be a priest, he must embrace celibacy
immediately and never turn back.
If he is weak, he may first marry and later on apply for the
priesthood. But the moment he
is ordained to the priesthood, he must observe celibacy.
Celibacy was never a problem in the priesthood
of the Catholic Church. The
problem was weaklings who became priests. They should have never become priests in the first
place. Or at least they should
have strengthened themselves first spiritually within marriage, and then
later applied for the priesthood.
But the moment you are a priest and a celibate, you cannot turn back
and marry, precisely because Christ forbade true disciples to turn back:
“He who puts his hand on the plow and turns back is not worthy of Me.”
IX. Celibacy in the History of the Church
The history of celibacy is the history of
Christianity. From the
beginning, previously-married people were allowed to be ordained priests
due to the circumstances of time and place, i.e., the first converts
to Christianity were probably married couples who in their zeal attained
holiness and, therefore, the men would have really made good priests. St. Peter was an example of this.
But the single, whom St. Paul exhorted to
remain single, who sought ordination were required to remain celibate, as
shown by the example of St. John the Evangelist. John, wanting to continue the Jewish tradition of
marrying, was expressly forbidden to do so.
On the other hand, the man who was previously
married who aspired to be ordained a priest was exhorted to aim at
celibacy. Most of the debate
on celibacy was focused on this, i.e., whether the
previously-married man who was ordained may keep his wife or not. And both Eastern and Western ruling
was that they should not keep their wives. Though in practice, especially in remote areas, this was
not observed, i.e., previously-married men who were ordained to the
priesthood often kept their wives.
The debate was never on whether the priest should be a celibate or
St. Paul’s exhortation “Bishops and deacons
must have one wife” was restrictive, not injunctive. That is, St. Paul was not saying
that bishops should marry but that, if a bishop was already married, he
should have only one wife. If
he had another, he would be disqualified from being a candidate for the position.
doctrine of the Church was clear.
Everyone was called to be a virgin, which included celibacy; married
laymen were encouraged to separate and become celibates for the sake of
God’s kingdom. And we are
talking of laymen, not priests.
The practice of
receiving previously-married men into the priesthood was stopped as early
as the time of St. Epiphanius when the Church declared that no married man
be admitted to the diaconate, priesthood and Episcopate. Only married men who had been widowed
or have agreed with their spouses to separate were allowed for
ordination. And this is the
practice of the Church until now.
St. Clement spoke of
married priests but, again, these were those married before
objected to celibacy as too rigorous but, again, only for those already
married before ordination.
Written documents in England seem to show that most priests were
married, but the word used was “cleric” and not priest. Cleric always referred to minor
orders who really can marry.
But in the 15th century, it was clear in England that
wives of priests were called concubines.
In 295 and 302 this
traditional teaching of the Church took the form of conciliar decree in the
Council of Elvira. It decreed that
those who were already bishops and priests were to remain celibate; and the
code of Justinian prohibited the consecration of married priests to the
In 692 the Council of
Trullo imposed the traditional doctrine that priests and bishops must
observe celibacy; and those married before ordination must eventually
separate from their wives.
Priests and deacons were allowed to live with their wives in the
east; but in the west, Sts. Augustine, Ambrose, Jerome and Hilary were of
one mind that the priest must observe continence.
At the Council of
Tours in 567, priests married before ordination were expressly forbidden to
live with their wives. And by
747 Pope Zachary included the sub-diaconate to those who must observe
Obviously, there is
no conflict between marriage and the priesthood; after all, both are
sacraments, except that the priesthood requires a certain spirituality
which is unattainable if the priest continues to be a husband. So, if St. Paul advises lay husbands
and wives “to behave as if they are not married” to progress in the
spiritual life, how much more so the husband who is ordained priest.
the Oriental Church
Many have the wrong
notion that the clergy of the Oriental Church are allowed to marry. This is not so. The practice of the Oriental
Church, both the ones united with Rome and the schismatic, is identical
with the practice of the West, i.e., those who were ordained to the
diaconate and priesthood in the single state must observe celibacy. And those previously married who
aspire to the diaconate and priesthood are free to retain their wives
though they are encouraged to separate from their wives, of course, with
Orthodox even made it a point to get their candidates for the Episcopate
from the celibate monastic orders.
And though the Oriental Church united with Rome allows previously
married priests to keep their wives, it encourages them to return
“according to the ancient discipline of the Church of Alexandria and the
other churches of God, i.e., everyone ordained to the higher order
(major) must be celibates. And
if they are married, they must separate.”
X. Oppositions to Celibacy
The debates were never about the observance of
celibacy, as we have seen, but whether priests, previously married, may or
may not live with their wives.
Most obliged a separation from the wife while a few made concessions
and allowed co-habitation but as brothers and sisters. This brother-and-sister arrangement
was a romantic label, but in truth it was not workable. Only St. Paulinus of Nola was able
to do this, but then he was a saint.
The history of the Church attests to many
ordained priests who later embraced marriage. But this was not due to their refusal to believe in
celibacy; it was purely due to lust.
Or, as in the Dark Ages when church benefices were awarded by kings
to loyal soldiers, these barbarians were ordained priests. They married as they felt,
committed adultery as they liked, and precisely bore children to hand down
their benefices to their children.
But then these barbarians were not priests by vocation but merely by
There were three whimpers of an opposition to
celibacy that occurred, one in the Middle Ages, another during the
Reformation. Both were
symptomatic of the sources of objection to celibacy… it comes from a Protestant
heart. He who wants celibacy
out is a Protestant at heart.
After all, who were the Protestants? A bunch of Catholic priests who, in abandoning the
Church of Christ, threw celibacy away. And with celibacy, also went confessions, Holy Orders
and The Holy Eucharist. But
even the Protestant objection was not on celibacy; it was on faith and
objection to celibacy of priests comes only after there is loss of Faith.
Of more recent times is Theiner, who at first
argued against the need for celibacy but later recanted and was reconciled
to the traditional teaching of the Church.
Christ ascended to heaven He gave the apostles the commission to go to all
nations, baptizing them, and teaching them ALL that He had commanded. And
he warned those who would either add or subtract to theses commands
So let us
not go with the apostasy within the Church which tends to take away certain
commands by removing celibacy. Christ placed it there, let's leave it
should we prohibit marriage among the lay for this is one of the great
heresies of the end times. Marriage is a holy state. For those who need it,
take it. But the Christian Priesthood is a unique witnessing that requires
chaste- celibacy to be effective. Christ wouldn't have it any other way;
and so with His faithful Church.
And to all
priests, heed St. Catherine of Sienna, who, while reforming the Church in
turmoil due to a completely incompetent hierarchy said: "To the
priests, insist that they study to rule themselves in a holy and good
life." For he who wants to be good and holy will embrace celibacy.