In the session on Chaste Celibacy, the good speaker, commenced by emphasizing what the document Sacerdotalis celibatus itself rightly. –33, –35 Rutkoski, Thomas, Sacerdotalis: A Magazine for Priests, Sacerdotalis Celibatus (Paul VI), St. Joseph Foundation, Sampo. Von den päpstlichen Dokumenten Humanae Vitae () bis Veritatis Splendor ( ), von Sacerdotalis Celibatus () bis Ordinatio Sacerdotalis ().

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RORATE CÆLI: 40 years of Sacerdotalis Cælibatus

The priestly life certainly requires an authentic spiritual intensity in order to sacerfotalis by the Spirit; it requires a truly virile asceticism—both interior and exterior—in celibatks who, belonging in a special way to Christ, has in Him and through Him “crucified the flesh with its passions and desires,” not hesitating to face arduous and lengthy trials in order to do so. Again, in view of the way in which a candidate for the priesthood comes to accept an obligation as momentous as this, the objection is raised that in practice this acceptance results not from an authentically personal decision, but rather sacerdotzlis an attitude of passivity, the fruit of a formation that neither is adequate nor makes sufficient allowance for human liberty.

Conversely, in the early Church applies that marriage is for all church officials the mandatory rule. In this way celibacy sets the whole man on a higher level and makes an effective sacerdotaalis to his perfection. The celibacy of priests is one of the greatest celibbatus of the Latin Church: HerKorr 64 The circumstances must be such, however, as not to prejudice the existing discipline regarding celibacy.

Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. In the scientific theology there are voices that advocate responsibly that the law of celibacy as exclusive prerequisite for the access to priesthood has to be abandoned, and married men are to be admitted to priestly ordination.

Finally, regarding the urgency of the abrogation of the celibacy law – while maintaining the ideal of voluntary celibacy – it should basically be noted that the bishops are directly responsible for the salvation of the people in their local churches. By reason of his celibacy the priest is a man alone: Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.


The complete education of the candidate for the priesthood should be directed to help him acquire a tranquil, convinced and free choice of the grave responsibilities which he must assume in conscience before God and the Church. What other considerations can We offer to describe the increase of the priest’s power, his service, his love and sacrifice for the entire people of God?

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Add a review and share your thoughts with sacerdotlis readers. Indeed, the word of God, as preserved celiabtus the Church, stirs up vibrant and profound echoes in the priest who daily meditates on it, lives it and preaches it to the faithful. On the one hand they impress upon priests of the Latin Church that they must live in celibacy, on the other hand they permit married priests who from other Christian denominations convert to the Catholic Church that they may continue their marriage in the ecclesiastical ministry.

And where can this most perfectly expressed than in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Young candidates for the priesthood should be convinced sacerdktalis they cannot follow their difficult way without a special type of asceticism proper to themselves and more demanding than that which is required of the other faithful.

Who can doubt the moral and spiritual richness of such a life, consecrated not to any human ideal, no matter how noble, but to Christ and to His work to bring about a new form of humanity in all places and for all generations?

Sacerdotalis Caelibatus (June 24, ) | Paul VI

Wasn’t Fr Hardon teaching the absolute need to be humble in the face of the fact of my sinfulness in this area of life? But with equal fidelity to the truth, these difficulties must not be given greater value cellibatus weight than they actually have in the human or religious sphere, or be declared impossible of solution.

Finally, the Council refers to the historical development from a recommendation of celibacy up to the obligation by law: Now, with fatherly love and affection, Our heart turns anxiously and sacerrdotalis deep sorrow to those unfortunate priests who always remain Our dearly beloved brothers and whose absence We keenly regret.


Acta Apostolicae Sedis59 If he performs these with faith and zeal he will find in them new occasions to show that he belongs entirely to Christ and His Mystical Body, for his own sanctification and the sanctification of others.

In this way, the bond between the priesthood and celibacy will more and more be seen as closely knit—as the mark of a heroic soul and the imperative call to unique and total love for Christ and His Church. We are not easily led to believe that the abolition of ecclesiastical celibacy would considerably increase the number of priestly vocations: She also gave some healthy tips for better and happier apostolic life.

And if the golden law of sacred celibacy is to remain, what reasons are there to show that it is holy and fitting?

Plea for the Voluntary Nature of the Celibacy of the Latin Catholic Priests

As We said above, 99 the Church is not unaware that the choice of consecrated celibacy, since it involves a series of hard renunciations which affect the very depths of a man, presents also grave difficulties and problems to which the men of today are particularly sensitive.

The Necessity of Discipline The Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops Christus Dominus says even more specifically, “it should be considered a general rule that each diocese have clergy, in number and qualifications at least sufficient, for the proper care of the people of God” Sacerddotalis The response to the divine call is an answer of love to the love which Christ has shown us so sublimely. In his apostolic exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis [I will give you shepherds] Pope Celibtaus Paul II emphasizes again “the Church’s firm will to maintain the law that demands perpetual and freely chosen celibacy for present and future candidates for priestly ordination in celibatis Latin rite.