The celibacy of the priesthood is one of the great signs of contradiction in our time. Our culture stares at it in blank incomprehension, and on that blank it projects numerous fantasies to try to explain it.
So we are told that St. Paul both absolutely forbade celibacy as a mark of false religion and that he was the cause of the whole thing. Many point to married apostles or married clergy today to say that this means the Church cannot legitimately legislate celibacy for clergy. Most non-Catholics—and even many Catholics—are pretty sure that Jesus opposed a celibate priesthood. We hear that it comes from “the Dark Ages” and is caused by a peculiar Catholic hatred of sex. Some are...READ MORE