Clerical Celibacy in the West: c.1100-1700 (Catholic by Helen Parish

By Helen Parish

the controversy over clerical celibacy and marriage had its origins within the early Christian centuries, and remains to be a great deal alive within the sleek church. The content material and type of controversy have remained remarkably constant, yet every one period has chosen and formed the resources that underpin its narrative, and imbued an historical factor with an immediacy and relevance. the fundamental query of no matter if, and why, continence will be demanded of these who serve on the altar hasn't ever long gone away, however the implications of that query, and of the solutions given, have replaced with every one new release. during this reassessment of the background of sacerdotal celibacy, Helen Parish examines the emergence and evolution of the celibate priesthood within the Latin church, and the demanding situations posed to this version of the ministry within the period of the Protestant Reformation. Celibacy used to be, and is, intensely own, but in addition polemical, institutional, and historic. Clerical celibacy received theological, ethical, and confessional meanings within the writings of its critics and defenders, and its position within the lifetime of the church is still outlined with regards to broader debates over Scripture, apostolic culture, ecclesiastical heritage, and papal authority. Highlighting continuity and alter in attitudes to priestly celibacy, Helen Parish unearths that the results of celibacy and marriage for the priesthood achieve deep into the historical past, traditions, and realizing of the church.

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