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When did celibacy start being a requirement for priests?


As Catholic, celibacy for priests has always been a given to me, but I started to wonder: why? I don't remember Jesus saying anything to Peter about being celibate. Was he? When did it all start and who decided it was going to be a requirement for Holy Orders? The question does not want to be controversial, I am just curious about when did priests begin to be celibate?

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    Edward J. Palumbo 2 years ago

    Paul, a well educated man, actually had a trade as a tentmaker and he was married, but his marriage took a lower priority to his ministry.


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Edward J. Palumbo says

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    Edward J. Palumbo 2 years ago

    Paul studied "at the feet of Gamaliel", a doctor of Mosaic Law. He would not have been accepted for study UNLESS he was married. The Pharisees taught that a man unmarried by age 20 was half a man. Paul was a widow or his wife left at his conversion.

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    Robie Benve 2 years ago

    I thought it probably was a man made law, thanks for your answer. :)


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    Robie Benve 2 years ago

    Sounds like an interesting book, thanks for your answer. :)

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