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"I heard that a long time ago it was decided by the Church that they couldn't afford priests to marry and have children so that is how celibacy started. Is this true?"

 

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No, that is not true. Jesus recommended celibacy, as did St. Paul (see Mt. 19:12, 1 Cor. 7:32-38). The last book in Holy Scripture says only virgins can follow Christ everywhere (see Apoc./Rev. 14:3-5). According to tradition, the apostles practiced celibacy after being called by Jesus. The reasons for celibacy for priests (and others) are not based merely on worldly motives such as not being able to afford children, but rather to promote great spiritual benefits that can arise from celibacy. For additional information regarding priestly celibacy (including reasons for/benefits of priestly celibacy), please try here.


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