celibacy


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celibacy

(1) Abstention from sexual relations.
(2) Nonmarriage for religious reasons.

celibacy

Sexology A state of being unmarried and abstinent from sexual relationships; vows of celibacy may be taken by clerics, and required by their religious order
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Priestly celibacy has also great ecclesiological significance.
Clerical celibacy has been the practice of the church since at least the Spanish Council of Elvira in 306, according to author (http://www.
Citing the issue of clerical celibacy as a point of uncompromising conflict throughout the Enlightenment, revolutionary, and post-revolutionary eras, Cage notes reflections in modern political thought and culture today.
The talk of priestly celibacy is partly due to the need for more priests in the church.
The first Latin American Pope pointed out celibacy was instituted "900 years after Our Lord's death" and that clerics can marry in some Eastern Churches under Vatican tutelage.
The Catholic priest's celibacy is continuous with Jesus' in essence and intent.
Contrary to the ideas of Archbishop Pietro Parolin, celibacy has an eminent spiritual dimension that greatly transcends the question of discipline.
So far, Pope Francis has given little indication that priestly celibacy is on the chopping block.
Dancing With The Stars" host Tom Bergeron told "Nightline" that he recently asked the former 'Baywatch' babe about her celibacy vow, which she made last month.
Both advocates and opponents of clerical celibacy have had and still have their favorite scriptural verses to quote, and to fuel their imaginations.
Celibacy among Saudi women has greatly increased during the past few years for various reasons including unfavourable financial conditions and the rising rates of unemployment.
To devalue their vow by blaming celibacy for these crimes is an insult.