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There are many reasons for & advantages of priestly celibacy – a practice that brings immeasurable benefits both to the Church and to souls. Some reasons for priestly celibacy include...

* Old Testament precedent (see 1 Sam. 21:2-7)

* New Testament recommendation of celibacy by both Jesus and St. Paul (see Mt. 19:8-12, 1 Cor. 7:7, 1 Cor. 7:32-40, and also see Rv. 14:1-5)

* Priestly celibacy is a source of grace for the Church which has contributed much to her growth and to the salvation of souls

* Priestly celibacy is necessary due to the tireless work of a priest

* Priestly celibacy is admired by the flock – and those outside the flock

* Priestly celibacy sets a good example of chastity, so necessary in today's world

* Priestly celibacy gives the priest more time for his flock

* Priestly celibacy prevents a man from being torn between his wife and the Church

* Priestly celibacy, a continual act of self-denial which "frees the priest from the flesh" and from temporal concerns, may help advance the priest in sanctity

* Priestly celibacy maintains a priest's purity – so necessary since he daily handles the Holy Eucharist, the very Body & Blood of Christ

* Priestly celibacy frees the priest from many duties and obligations that would otherwise interfere with his priestly ministry

* Virginity brings a priest nearer to God and pleases Him

* Priestly celibacy sets priests apart from the world

* Celibate priests may merit higher respect than married priests

* Priestly celibacy allows men to dedicate themselves completely to God and to the Church

* Priestly celibacy gives priests more freedom

* Etc.

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