What saith the Scripture?
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|"All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of
permanent deacons, are normally chosen from among men of faith who live a
celibate life and who intend to remain celibate 'for the sake of the kingdom
of heaven' ... Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which
the Church's minister is consecrated; accepted with a joyous heart celibacy
radiantly proclaims the Reign of God."
Catechism, pg. 395, #1579
|"Marriage is honourable in all..." Hebrews 13:4
God does not require celibacy (abstinence from marriage). Asceticism (i.e., monasticism) is incapatible with Scripture. Colossians 2:18-23
A. Celibacy was not required of even the Old Testament priesthood. Leviticus 21, 22; Ezekiel 44:22
B. Zachary was a married priest. Luke 1:5, 13
C. Bishops of the early church married.1 Timothy 3:1-4 "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife..."
D. The first apostles (including Peter, the "first pope") married. "Mark 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever..." See also: Matthew 8:14; Luke 4:38; 1 Corinthians 9:5 (Cephas is Peter's Aramaic name)
E. New Testament pastors (bishops) married. 1 Timothy 3:2, 4-5, 12; Titus 1:6
F. Forbidding marriage is wrong. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines o f devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
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