Archive for the ‘states of life’ Category

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Why is Consecrated Virginity Not a Sacrament

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Marriage and religious life are two fundamental ways to fulfill the fundamental vocation of every human being to love. Why is marriage a sacrament and consecrated virginity or celibacy is not? Since Christ certainly could have made consecrated virginity a sacrament, any answer can only be based on arguments of appropriateness. Both marriage and virginity […]

Discussion of Celibacy, or Abolition?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The media in their reports on the 1970 letter of Ratzinger and other theologians to the German bishops regarding priestly celibacy have often spoken as though the letter were a call for the abolition of celibacy. In fact, it is a call for the discussion of the discipline, but does not state that it should be abolished.

Ratzinger et al. called for reexamination of clerical celibacy

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

I have translated the 1970 letter of Ratzinger that has been in the news a lot recently. The media tends not to cite those parts of the letter where the abiding value of celibacy is mentioned.

Empirical Comparison of Celibate and Married Clergy

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

In the article "Religious Differences Between Married and Celibate Clergy: Does Celibacy Make a Difference?" in Sociology of Religion (1998) (full text available to members of subscribing libraries or universities), Don Swenson attempts to make an empirical argument against some of the reasons advanced by the Church for clerical celibacy. While the experiment itself is […]

St. Paul on Sexual Intercourse as Personal Act

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Paul: Do you not know that the immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God? You were cleansed of all this in the name of the Lord Jesus and in the Spirit of our God. Cor: All things are lawful for me. Now that I have become spiritual through the Spirit, these things are a […]

The Spousal Meaning of the Body and Vocation

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

This post on the importance of the spousal meaning of the body for vocational discernment is a guest article written by Robert McNamara, a graduate of the International Theological Institute (formerly in Gaming, and now in Trumau, Austria). He will be entering the seminary in Ireland at the end of August. Please say a prayer […]