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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A Gothic statue implies celibacy, just as a Greek statue implies fruition, and perhaps this was what Mr.
Then there remains the most interesting subject--that, as it is, has only been touched on incidentally--of the magnificent system of military organisation in force in that country, which, in my opinion, is much superior to that inaugurated by Chaka in Zululand, inasmuch as it permits of even more rapid mobilisation, and does not necessitate the employment of the pernicious system of enforced celibacy.
He dismissed his curates when they married, having decided views on the celibacy of the unbeneficed clergy.
No woman looks forward willingly to a life of cheerless celibacy.
She cut the love-scenes, interpolated passages in praise of female celibacy, and was guilty of other glaring pious frauds.
There is no union of the sexes, and every Shaker, male and female, is devoted to a life of celibacy.
It is difficult to understand how, possessed of these combined attractions, she should remain Miss Brass; but whether she had steeled her heart against mankind, or whether those who might have wooed and won her, were deterred by fears that, being learned in the law, she might have too near her fingers' ends those particular statutes which regulate what are familiarly termed actions for breach, certain it is that she was still in a state of celibacy, and still in daily occupation of her old stool opposite to that of her brother Sampson.
ideal and the practice of celibacy exist in many religious traditions,
Priest, lecturer, and award-winning author Donald Cozzens presents Freeing Celibacy, a serious-minded look at the practice of mandatory celibacy for Latin rite Catholic priests that has been the norm for 900 years.
A more plausible Pauline argument from silence pertaining to Jesus' marital status can be found in 1 Cor 7:25, where the apostle admits that he had received no guidance about celibacy from traditions about Jesus.
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To that end, the Roman Catholic Church will likely demand that gay candidates demonstrate years of celibacy before they can enter seminary.