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1. In Western society, sexuality is considered an important component of being human. In most cultures, one's own procreation in one's children is fully as basic a need as a perspective on one's life. When the Catholic Church demands of its priests the unmarried state as a charisma specific to their office, it stands in stark contrast to the values of modernity. The Catholic Church theologica…

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Tepper, Leo, “Celibacy”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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