Why do Catholic Preists refrain from getting married?
I'm not trying to pass judgement. I just want to understand. I read in the Bible that preist were allowed to get married b/c Aaron was married. Why was this ceased, if it was okay in the old testament?
Thank you for your help.
- imacatholic2Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Priests, religious brothers and religious sisters (nuns) as part of their vocation choose not to marry following:
+ The practice recommended in the Bible
+ The example of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, and the Apostle Paul.
+++ Scripture +++
+ In Matthew 19:12, Jesus says, "Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."
Jesus says celibacy is a gift from God and whoever can bear it should bear it. Jesus praises and recommends celibacy for full time ministers in the Church. Because celibacy is a gift from God, those who criticize the Church's practice of celibacy are criticizing God and this wonderful gift He bestows on His chosen ones.
+ In Matthew 19:29, Jesus says, "And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life."
Whoever gives up children for the sake of His name will receive a hundred times more and will inherit eternal life. Jesus praises celibacy when it is done for the sake of His kingdom.
+ Matthew 22:30 - Jesus explains, "At the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like the angels in heaven."
In heaven there are no marriages. To bring about Jesus' kingdom on earth, priests live the heavenly consecration to God by not taking a wife in marriage. This way, priests are able to focus exclusively on the spiritual family, and not have any additional pressures of the biological family (which is for the vocation of marriage). This also makes it easier for priests to be transferred to different parishes where they are most needed without having to worry about the impact of their transfer on wife and children.
+ In 1 Corinthians 7:1, Paul writes, "It is a good thing for a man not to touch a woman."
This is the choice that the Catholic priests of the Roman rite freely make.
+ Then in 1 Corinthians 7:7, Paul says, "Indeed, I wish everyone to be as I am."
Paul acknowledges that celibacy is a gift from God and wishes that all were celibate like he is.
+ In 1 Corinthians 7:27, Paul writes, "Are you free of a wife? Then do not look for a wife."
Paul teaches men that they should not seek marriage. In Paul’s opinion, marriage introduces worldly temptations that can interfere with one’s relationship with God, specifically regarding those who will become full time ministers in the Church.
+ In 1 Corinthians 7:32-33, Paul teaches, "I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife." And in verse 38, "So then, the one who marries his virgin does well; the one who does not marry her will do better."
Paul recommends celibacy for full time ministers in the Church so that they are able to focus entirely upon God and building up His kingdom. He “who refrains from marriage will do better.”
1 Timothy 5:9-12
2 Timothy 2:3-4
+++ Scriptural Examples +++
Biblical role models of a celibate clergy came from John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Apostle Paul.
John the Baptist and Jesus are both believed to have been celibate for their entire lives. Some scholars believe that the example of the Essenes influenced either or both Jesus and John the Baptist in their celibacy.
WWJD? What would Jesus do? Jesus did not marry.
The Apostle Paul is explicit about his celibacy (see 1 Cor. 7). There is also evidence in the gospel of Matthew for the practice of celibacy among at least some early Christians, in the famous passage about becoming “eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:12).
The concept took many twists and turns over the years and will probably take a few more before Christ returns in glory.
A priest is "married" to the Church. Some people think that a priest who takes his duties seriously cannot take proper care of a wife and family.
With love in Christ.
- Anonymous4 years ago
This proposal of a celibate clergy got here from the Jews, John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Apostle Paul. The Jews. The Talmud argues that a man or woman whose “soul is sure up with the Torah and is consistently serious about it” might stay celibate (Maimonides, Laws of Marriage 15.three). For illustration, Yahweh ordered the prophet Jeremiah to not marry (Jeremiah sixteen:a million-four). Moreover, the Essenes was once a institution that was once lively in Jesus’ time that practiced celibacy and idea by way of so much students to be the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. John the Baptist and Jesus are each believed to had been celibate for his or her complete lives. Some students feel that the illustration of the Essenes motivated both or each Jesus and John the Baptist of their celibacy. The Apostle Paul is specific approximately his celibacy (see a million Cor. 7). There could also be proof within the gospel of Matthew for the train of celibacy amongst a minimum of a few early Christians, within the popular passage approximately fitting “eunuchs for the sake of the dominion of heaven” (Matt. 19:12). The thought took many twists and turns over time and can usually take a couple of extra earlier than Christ returns in glory. With love in Christ.
- happygaelLv 61 decade ago
This is from 1 corinthians 7:32-38.
I hope it helps you understand. God bless and have a good day.
I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord.
But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife,
and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.
13 14 If anyone thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, and if a critical moment has come and so it has to be, let him do as he wishes. He is committing no sin; let them get married.
The one who stands firm in his resolve, however, who is not under compulsion but has power over his own will, and has made up his mind to keep his virgin, will be doing well.
So then, the one who marries his virgin does well; the one who does not marry her will do betterSource(s): St Joseph's edition New American Bible
- 1 decade ago
Well there are several reasons. both biblical and practical and Saint Paul actually sums them up in Corinthians.
1 Corinthians Chapter 7
32: I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; 33: but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, 34: and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband. 35: I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
37: But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. 38: So that he who marries his betrothed does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better.
Matthew Chapter 19
12: For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it."
So we see that Jesus wanted those who could abstain from marriage to do it, and we see that Saint Paul recommends celibacy for those who serve the lord so that they may serve him better.
Celibacy have therefore been recommended from the beginning, it became obligatory later when there was an abundance of priests and some of these priests had many children that had two effects 1) the priest had less time to care for his flock 2)when the priest died the church had to care for the widow and the children, thus tapping resources from the work. So the western church decided to make celibacy obligatory for anyone who wished to join the priesthood, the eastern church did not and still hasn't. However when this subject comes up when the eastern and western bishops meet the recommendation of the bishops with married priests is to keep celibacy.
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- MarysiaLv 71 decade ago
many things change when we got the Word.... the New Testament.
Jesus was not married nor were some of His disciples.
THe life of a priest is very difficult and there would be many divorces - which are against the church.
you can not serve two masters.... the priest is married to his parish.
in the beginning priests were married.... there were divorces and death and then church property was given to the children/spouse when it was not theirs to receive as it belonged to the parish.... many families were left high and dry.
i could not see my pastor married.... he works every weekend, is on call 24/7. he gets thursdays off during the day - unless there is a parishioner call or funeral. he would not be able to be a father OR husband that gave his family 100%
- Anonymous1 decade ago
celibacy is a disapline- though not vor every ont the manditory celibacy of the westrn Cathoic church is against the canons of the Church which allows for the ordination of married men.
In the Orthodox church- we do have married preist as well as monk priests.
The monastic tradition was following in the foot steps of John the baptist who was a lone voice crying in the wilderness.
- DaverLv 71 decade ago
It IS theologically possible for a married man to become an ordained priest.
It is NOT theologically possible for a single man, once ordained a priest, to then marry.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Because Jesus did not marry
They thinkits too worldly.
Jews and Muslims actually beleive marriage is an essential, almost a must, in life.Source(s): Muslim :)
- 1 decade ago
Even Peter was married
1 Cor 9:5 "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned."
It is all because some XYZ pope foolishly spoke without knowing scripture
- Anonymous1 decade ago
They are really just a mere religious organisation. God has nothing to do with these religious institutions made by man.
And they want people to cal them 'father' when the Bible forbids this categorically!!
Its unnatural and nonspiritual and not from God.