celibate


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celibate

adjective
(1) Abstaining from sexual activity relations.
(2) Referring to a person who abstains from sexual relations.

noun
(1) A person who abstains from sexual relations.
(2) A person who is unmarried for religious reasons.
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Most of all, you must realize it takes time to foster the one relationship that alone can sustain a lifelong celibate commitment - that is, with Jesus Christ, particularly, in prayer.
Healthy celibate living takes on different hues, different challenges, for priests who claim the charism of celibacy and for priests who do not claim this charism.
Jesuit Fr Gerdenio "Sonny" Manuel has written an important book for current and next-generation priests facing the challenges of ministerial effectiveness and personal well-being as celibates.
O'Brien further said that it is necessary for priests to marry if they wish to, as many of them have found it difficult to be celibate as they lived out their priesthood, and have felt the need of a companion and a family.
It was disclosed earlier this week that after a decision taken last month the Church of England would allow gay men in civil partnerships to become bishops as long as they promise to be celibate.
However, the restriction that they can be only appointed if they remain celibate is continued discrimination.
The Rev Paul Dawson, from Church Campaign group Reform, believed that a gay bishop would have to be celibate and repent any sexual activity outside marriage - which is considered to only take place between a man and woman.
Despite the importance of such practices and practitioners to Tibetan life, these aspects of non-celibate Tibetan Buddhism have remained little studied, especially when compared with the voluminous literature dedicated to understanding celibate monastic philosophies and practices.
THE Archbishop of Canterbury is not opposed to appointing gay people as bishops - if they remain celibate.
Summary: The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he has "no problem" with gay people being bishops as long as they stay celibate.
The notion of the celibate giving his all to serve God, undistracted by family matters, was not implemented until 1545 at the Council of Trent.