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Author(s): Leonhard M. Weber
Celibacy here means not simply the fact of not being married, though such a state can be of theological and pastoral relevance when it serves to promote certain ends. Celibacy is here understood as the unmarried state chosen in the light of the Christian faith, and in particular as one of the duties of the state in life of the clergy of the Latin Church, by which they are forbidden to marry and obliged to live in total continence. A. History 1. The biblical foundations for celibacy are taken to be the saying of the Lord about not marrying ("becoming a eunuch") for the sake of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 19:10ff.); also the saying…