Origins of Celibacy for Catholic Priests

The article :”The History of Catholic Celibacy

describes the true origin of the rule of celibacy for Catholic Priests. This mandate was instituted in 1123, under Pope Calistus II, the First Lateran Council who invalidated all clerical marriages. The main reason for this rule, was that married priests were bequeathing all their assets and possessions to their children, whereas the church was wanting to retain it all for themselves. Hence the Catholic church instituted the law that priests were not allowed to marry,  so that all their accumulated wealth would remain with the church when they died.

You can read the details of this article in  “The History of Catholic Celibacy”

Even when the apostle Paul talks about celibacy in 1 Corinthians 7:6-8  about being the optimum state of being,  he admits  that this is only his own opinion and not necessarily the teachings of Christ.   Hence this rule has no real biblical basis.

Now I will answer the questions that you asked in your letter. You asked, “Is it best for people not to marry?” (1 Corinthians 7:1 CEV-Contemporary Christian Version)

In my opinion, that is what should be done, though I don’t know of anything the Lord said about this matter. I wish that all of you were like me, but God has given different gifts to each of us. Here is my advice for people who have never been married and for widows. You should stay single, just as I am. (1 Corinthians 7:6-8 CEV)

There can also be disadvantages if all priests remain celibate in that  they would not have any life experience in which to give counseling for marriages or child rearing even though they may have text book knowledge.

In 1123, under Pope Calistus II, the First Lateran Council invalidated all clerical marriages

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