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Priestly celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church

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In early medieval Europe, the Dark Ages, the office of priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church was largely hereditary and held by married men. Nepotism, corruption, and unjust accumulation of property by the priesthood led to the edict of Pope Gregory VII forbidding clerical marriage, in order that the priests' property would inure to the church under a more united authority of the pope alone.

Eleventh Century
1045 - Benedict IX dispensed himself from celibacy and resigned in order to marry.
1074 - Pope Gregory VII said anyone to be ordained must first pledge celibacy: priests [must] first escape from the clutches of their wives.
1095 - Pope Urban II had priests wives sold into slavery, children were abandoned.

St. Paul from the Bible was a single man. Despite the rough prison talk of his Epistle to Philemon, Paul was not homosexual, but actually rumored to have a girlfriend, Thecla, by some apocryphal sources.

The Scripture all but requires priestly marriage:

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; [1 Timothy 3:2-3].

Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. [v. 11-12]

If a priest or bishop or deacon, then, is to marry, the main consideration should be that his wife should be willing to serve alongside him in the ministry of Lord, especially to help some of the womenfolk of the congregation in matters that perhaps in all propriety ought not to be heard by an unmarried man who might otherwise be tempted to moral incontinence in the absolute privacy of a formal confession.

I do not believe in a confession of men with the men and women with the women, either. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband ... neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord [1 Corinthians 7:2, 11:11].

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The First Epistle to the Corinthians is a long letter, and Paul is quite the writer.

The style of the writing is perhaps "gay" in the sense of a man who is very masculine, carefree, and a little bit "full of himself" in a certain sense.

But there is a recurrent theme of a woman in that (canonical) epistle or letter. Paul is cutting his hair, presenting himself, and coming to church with this woman, and he goes on to express feelings of charity and love and so forth with the significance of a sounding trumpet.

If he's not officially married to her, it would have been downright scandalous in those days.

But people have to put aside their religion for a moment, step back, and examine the scriptures or other writings in an impartial light. Blind devotion or excessive spiritualism does not lead anywhere.

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