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What is the Roman Catholic celibacy cannon law?

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2008-12-22 15:48:59

For the answer to this question you should refer to the

Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, which you will find on the

Vatican's website. Following are two of the three paragraphs that

deal with the celibacy of priests found within part two, section

two, chapter three, article 6 of the catechism: 1579 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."70 Called to consecrate themselves

with undivided heart to the Lord and to "the affairs of the

Lord,"71 they give themselves entirely to God and to men. 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.72 1599 In the Latin Church

the sacrament of Holy Orders for the presbyterate is normally

conferred only on candidates who are ready to embrace celibacy

freely and who publicly manifest their intention of staying

celibate for the love of God's kingdom and the service of men. See

also the New Advent website, which is a Roman Catholic encyclopedia


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