Celibacy

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Clerical '''celibacy''' is the practice in which clergy and monastics, male or female, refrain from marriage and from all sexual relationships and activities.  
 
Clerical '''celibacy''' is the practice in which clergy and monastics, male or female, refrain from marriage and from all sexual relationships and activities.  
  
In Eastern Orthodoxy, [[bishop]]s and [[monastic]]s are celibate. However, candidates for the [[priest]]hood are allowed to marry if they do so before ordination. A married priesthood is technically allowed in the [[Eastern Rite Catholic]] churches. However, in some jurisdictions, [[Latin Rite]] [[Roman Catholic|Catholic]] bishops have not recognized married [[Eastern Rite Catholic|Uniate]] priests as being valid, which has been a contributing factor to several Eastern Rite groups' return to Orthodoxy.
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In Eastern Orthodoxy, [[bishop]]s and [[monastic]]s are celibate. However, candidates for the [[priest]]hood are allowed to marry if they do so before ordination. A married priesthood is technically allowed in the [[Eastern Rite Catholic]] churches. However, in some jurisdictions, [[Latin Rite]] [[Roman Catholic|Catholic]] bishops have not recognized married [[Eastern Rite Catholic|Uniate]] priests as being valid, which has been a contributing factor to the return of several Eastern Rite groups to Orthodoxy.
  
 
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Revision as of 18:11, August 29, 2006

Clerical celibacy is the practice in which clergy and monastics, male or female, refrain from marriage and from all sexual relationships and activities.

In Eastern Orthodoxy, bishops and monastics are celibate. However, candidates for the priesthood are allowed to marry if they do so before ordination. A married priesthood is technically allowed in the Eastern Rite Catholic churches. However, in some jurisdictions, Latin Rite Catholic bishops have not recognized married Uniate priests as being valid, which has been a contributing factor to the return of several Eastern Rite groups to Orthodoxy.

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