And they used as an excuse the fact that in the Old Testament—as we can read—priests and ministers were permitted to beget children. Because of our strict training I didn't see a woman for three years. The Vatican and American bishops are conducting an orchestrated chorus of reform that involves excluding homosexual candidates from the ministry, revamping seminaries, reinforcing strict doctrinal orthodoxy, and urging bishops to holiness. The cases mentioned largely concern, not clerical celibacy, but clerical continence. The talk page may contain suggestions. However, the 19th-century Protestant historian Philip Schaff evidences that by the early fourth century priestly celibacy-continence was not a novelty, stating that all marriages contracted by clerics in Holy Orders were declared null and void in by Emperor Justinian Iwho also declared the children of such marriages illegitimate. I didn't need to see a doctor or a dentist and didn't leave the monastery.
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We discussed celibacy a lot in the seminary.
Is it even possible to live a celibate life?
It is good for them if they so continue, even as I. I was working in a seminary, and not infrequently I came across women who got very attached to religious men of all ages. They denounced it as opposed to the New Testament recommendation that a cleric should be "the husband of one wife" see on 1 Timothy 3: Because the rule of clerical celibacy is a law and not a doctrine, exceptions can be made, and it can, in principle, be changed at any time by the Pope. Widespread disregard of these laws continued until a reorganization of preparation for priesthood following the Protestant Reformation and the Council of Trent in the 's.