Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Keeping the VowThe Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

D. Paul Sullins

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860043.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 22 January 2022

Why Clergy Celibacy?

Why Clergy Celibacy?

Chapter:
(p.189) 8 Why Clergy Celibacy?
Source:
Keeping the Vow
Author(s):

D. Paul Sullins

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860043.003.0008

This chapter considers the often overlooked institutional argument for clergy celibacy by examining the social and institutional advantages and disadvantages of the practices of clergy marriage and celibacy. Married priests are more constrained in their mobility and relationships with parishioners, but may have more empathy with married parishioners. While the myth that celibate clergy are more prone to sex abuse is not true, they are more likely to develop homosexual subcultures and abuse, and to have a totalizing experience of life in the Church that may distance them from their parishioners. On the other hand, clergy celibacy, by preventing any heritability of the priestly profession, promotes ongoing institutional renewal and has been a rationalizing social force in Western culture. As a celibate minority, Catholic priests highlight the value of marriage for most people, just as a minority of married Catholic priests may highlight the value of celibacy for most priests.

Keywords:   Catholicism, clergy celibacy, church history, homosexual, sex abuse

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .