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

By Helen Parish

the talk over clerical celibacy and marriage had its origins within the early Christian centuries, and continues to be a great deal alive within the smooth 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 elemental query of even if, and why, continence may 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 iteration. during this reassessment of the heritage 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 additionally polemical, institutional, and ancient. Clerical celibacy obtained theological, ethical, and confessional meanings within the writings of its critics and defenders, and its position within the lifetime of the church remains to be outlined relating to broader debates over Scripture, apostolic culture, ecclesiastical historical past, and papal authority. Highlighting continuity and alter in attitudes to priestly celibacy, Helen Parish finds that the consequences of celibacy and marriage for the priesthood succeed in deep into the background, traditions, and realizing of the church.

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