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Popes who were legally married either as Pope or before they became clergy and were in fact widowed at the time of their election as Supreme Pontiff are as follows: St. Peter (30/33-64/67) Mother-in-law is mentioned in the Gospel verses Matthew 8:14–15, Luke 4:38, Mark 1:29–31 and who was healed by Jesus at her home in Capernaum. 1 Cor. 9:5 asks ...


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You mention both marriage and celibacy in your question. Since "celibate" means abstaining from marriage and sexual relations: The last documented pope who was married was Pope Honorius IV (1285–1287), married before he took Holy Orders, widowed before entered the clergy. The last documented pope who had sexual relations after receiving holy orders was Pope ...


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I don't see this particular passage referred to in, for example, the Summa Theologica (where I might expect to see it in an Objection to a discussion of whether priests should be celibate). In fact, I don't see in the Summa (though surely it must be somewhere) any discussion of the question of priestly celibacy. In the (standard Catholic) New American Bible,...


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Yes, a pope or cardinal could have children if his wife died before he was ordained a deacon and then priest. This would fulfill the requirements for ordination to the priesthood. It could also conceivably happen that a permanent deacon could go on to become a priest and then bishop, cardinal and finally pope after the death of his wife. I know personally a ...


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As an evangelical convert to Catholicism, I understand your question is from the perspective of scriptural justification. The simple answer is that you cannot justify celibate priesthood from scripture. The issue is one of authority. Evangelicals believe authority comes from scripture. Scripture itself does not make this claim. The only claim scripture ...


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Is celibacy essential to the Catholic priesthood? The short answer is no. Celibacy is not essential to the priesthood. In fact the Prince of the Apostles, St. Peter was married and traditionally had at least one daughter, St. Petronilla. Her feast day is celebrated at the Vatican on May 31. Priests of Catholic Eastern Rites and priests of the Eastern ...


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Essence of priestly celibacy Celibacy = unmarried, although in this context it can also mean perpetual continence, as priests can be married (and unmarried priests have never been permitted to marry). Besides the practical reasons (which can apply to non-priests, too) of being freed from the solicitudes of married life, not being so tied to worldly ...


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I'm sure there are tons of examples, but if you want one notable one, there's Andy Warhol, who the Catholic Herald did a write-up about a few years ago: Religion kept Warhol from going over the brink. He attended Mass almost daily. Other days he would just slip into St Vincent Ferrer on Lexington Avenue, drop into the back pew and pray. He spent his ...


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See "Priestly celibacy in patristics and in the history of the Church" by Roman Cholij or Card. Stickler's The Case for Clerical Celibacy: its historical development and theological foundations or the more recent Priestly Celibacy: Theological Foundations by Gary Selin. Priests have always been prohibited to marry, all the way back to Apostolic times, in ...


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According to a book on this topic I have recently read, The Case for Clerical Celibacy: Its Historical Development and Theological Foundations by Alphonso Maria Stickler, there were two forms of celibacy up to 16th century and the Tridentine council: one is the "modern" as we know it now - priest can't be married. The second, older form was for married men ...


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This is not what the 1983 Code of Canon Law says. The following are simply impeded from receiving orders: a man who has a wife, unless he is lawfully destined for the permanent diaconate; ... A "simple" impediment is one which applies at the time in question but is not permanent. That is, if a man later becomes unmarried (which ...


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Treating on the issue of celibacy: there is evidence that the Gnostics (a group claiming the title Christian but were far from (I do not have my copy of Pagels's The Gnostic Gospels to give a more specific example at this time)) denounced sex, sexuality, as well as the consumption of meat as "of this world" and forbade it to all members for all time. That ...


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Would God allow all of humanity to be celibate? The short answer is no. This goes directly against what God said to Adam: 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth ...


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I'm not EO but I read lots of their stuff (I am lapsed Coptic Orthodox). A few points however to be made. 1) The terminology you use "meritorious" is Roman Catholic. The EO has a different outlook than the Latin Church in regards to "the saints", Ecclesiology etc. 2) The easy answer however is to say "yes" or "sort of". Such an argument can be made ...


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Short answer: absolutely no. Long answer: no, at least non today and not in Latin Church. A man which is widowed could become a priest, but it's not married anymore. The Holy See can dispense an individual from the celibacy rule; it usually happens for priestes from other churches which are married but wish to become catholic, but there is no rule - each ...


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The author may be invoking the Code of Canons of the African Church, which is a Patristic document from the 5th Century — actually, a 5th Century compilation of the Canons of nearly twenty synods held in ancient Africa (mostly Carthage) starting from the middle of the Fourth Century. It was held in some regard by the 1st Millennium Church, and these Canons ...


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