We all know catholic to be one of the oldest Christian church on the planet earth. The church is headed by the Bishop of Rome also known as the Pope.
There has been a lot of talk about on catholic priests not getting married and not having kids, any time this debate is sparked, you get to hear people sharing their opinions on the catholic church going against what God has told us to do by giving birth.
Others too tend to say it is a punishment to instruct someone not to have sex and not to have a family.
You mostly see and hear catholic priests secretly getting married and having children and anytime such news pops up, that is when you get to hear people sharing their opinion on priests not getting married.
I don’t know if I am the only one who has ever heard of people saying priests were told not to get married because not along they used to lead people in fights and when they have families, they will always think about their families at home that’s is why they were told not to have kids (i heard about this and there has been no proof to back this so, therefore, it needs to be ignored).
DailySpot today has gathered some answers for those that have been wanting to know why priests are not married and are not to have children in their entire life on earth.
So Why Does Catholic Priests Remain Virgin and Does Not Marry Or Have Sex?
This is a broad question that many people has been asking and In this article, we are going to take our time to take you through why priests in the catholic churches are not supposed to marry and have a family.
Let’s Start With The Holy Bible
- According to the catholic, Jesus Christ himself was not married therefore he was a virgin and because of that, he was able to do what he was assigned to do on earth and if priests are representing God, then they also need to follow his path.
- Also, Paul recommended celibacy, in 1 Cor. 7:32-35,38 Paul talked about the necessity to be single so you’ll serve the Lord and within the Holy Bible its quoted “I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, a way to please the Lord; but the husband is anxious about worldly affairs, a way to please his wife, and his interests are divided.
And therefore the unmarried woman is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, a way to be holy in body and spirit; but the married person is anxious about worldly affairs, a way to please her husband. I say this for your benefit, to not lay any restraint upon you, but to push good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. So he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do better”.
So based on what Paul said, if you are not married you can concentrate and serve God and you are doing to not to focus on the world, body and flesh.
The Vatican Council’s Reason For Ordaining A Virgin Priest
The Vatican’s also explained by saying priests are not to be married because the priest marries the church. Christ came for his bride, he gave up himself for his bride so in the sense, the bride is the church.
So the priest who is representing Christ has to give his life for the bride which is the church.
Why Catholic Priest Do Not Marry According To Paul McPartlan
Mr Paul McPartlan is a professor of systematic theology and ecumenism at the catholic university of America.
Mr Paul when asked this question answered by saying that, there are two reasons which are Practical reasons and Dimensional reasons.
With the practical reasons: he talked about a priest not being able to concentrate on serving God because there is going to be family issues, a priest will be needed at church but due to family issues, example: kid can be sick, the wife can be sick and the priest has to be with them.
In all priests are not allowed to have sex and marry so that they can concentrate.
He also tackled the Spiritual dimension by saying that in the old testament Jesus was not married and was able to resurrect and open the gate of heavens and also showed us we survived not through our children but because God loves us.
Paul also gave a hint on why we always see a ring on the Bishop’s fingers by saying Bishops wears rings on their fingers they are assumed to be married to his diocese.
So now I guess you have learned a lot in this article, so now tell me can you be a priest?
And do you agree with the reasons given on why priests should not marry and have children? Do you ever want to be changed?
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