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Celibacy according to tradition
08-27-2009, 02:48 AM
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Celibacy according to tradition
Celibacy according to tradition
Elijah and Elisha were celibate all their lives (Zohar Hadash 2:1; Midrash Mishlei 30, 105, Pirke Rabbi Eliezer 33).

Other celibates
Jewish tradition also mentions the celibate Zenu’im (lit. “chaste ones”) to whom the secret of the Name of God was entrusted.
http://www.cin.org/users/james/files/talmud.htm

The Trullan Synod (692 A.D.), also known as the Quinisext, determined that bishops should not be married, but marriage was permitted for deacons and priests before ordination. No marriage was allowed after ordination. A priest or a deacon could not renounce his wife on the pretense of piety
http://mb-soft.com/believe/txud/counci34.htm

the Essenes as the forerunner to the Christians. It is known that early Christians took much from the Essenes they withdrew themselves to the desert to live in enclaves which might be called communes but which bear a significant resemblance to later monasteries. Essenes did not marry; they shared property in common; they ate all meals together; and they lived a strictly regulated life of study and prayer; and they held themselves to a higher standard of virtue than others outside their community

John the Baptist seems to have belonged to the Essenes
http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/histor...topic2.htm
http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.j...ter=E#1288

Celibacy of the Clergy
Speaking, for the moment, only of Western Christendom, the candidates for orders are solemnly warned by the bishop at the beginning of the ceremony regarding the gravity of the obligation which they are incurring.
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03481a.htm
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01-13-2010, 08:53 AM
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RE: Celibacy according to tradition
I had start a separte thread on this topic also. So allow me to post that here as well. I was promted by the software, which is nice.

Is celibacy going to gradually go away
It seems that there is increasing emphasis on sex in all societies. There is increase in the number of sexual partners and increasing STDs. Perhaps television and movies are to blame.

Does this reflect in fewer people coming forth to adopt monastic life style? Was this part of the consideration in recent negotiation between Roman Catholic Church and the Anglecan church?

If the answers to these questions are yes, are we to assume that celibacy as an institution will go away?

Just curious!
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01-13-2010, 09:00 AM
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RE: Celibacy according to tradition
(01-13-2010 08:53 AM)Ahmadi Wrote:  Does this reflect in fewer people coming forth to adopt monastic life style? Was this part of the consideration in recent negotiation between Roman Catholic Church and the Anglecan church?

Anglican priests who are married may be able to convert to Catholicism, become Catholic priests and stay married.

Quote:On Monday, the Vatican released the rules governing the new structures. They uphold current practice; the rules say married Anglican priests can become Catholic priests only on “a case-by-case basis, according to objective criteria approved by the Holy See.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/world/...tican.html

Catholic priests, and those unmarried people who become priests, Anglican converts or not, are still required to take a vow of celibacy.
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01-13-2010, 10:50 PM
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RE: Celibacy according to tradition
The Anglican priest thing is very limited, not many Anglican parishes are reconciling with us as we thought the plan would roll out.
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