Celibacy: Gift Or Law? : a Critical Investigation

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1993 - Religion - 138 pages
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The Catholic Church is at present tearing itself to pieces over the issue of the law of clerical celibacy. It might seem to some only a marginal or administrative problem, but it in fact goes to the heart of the matter on every side of modern church life. It is, of course, first of all an issue of sexuality, originall deriving from a beleife that all sex produces moral impurity. But it has gone on to become an issue about power, about pastoral care, and about sheer honesty. The publication in English of Vogel's scholaraly study of the subject is immensely to be welcomed. -from the Foreword byAdrien Hastings

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This basic theological study examines the New Testament teaching on the gift (charism) of celibacy, upholds its value as a "gift", but radically questions its imposition as law. The celibacy "law" binding the Western Catholic clergy remains a vital subject for debate. Read full review

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Can the Spiritual Gift of Celibacy be obtained by Prayer?
Consequences for the Law on Celibacy
The Apostles Right to take Their Wives with Them
Effects on the Prohibition of Marriage
Is the Charism of Celibacy Suitable as a Mandatory Condition of Admission to the Priesthood?
The Sacraments of Ordination and Marriage are Reconcilable
Celibate and Married Ministers have One Aim Love

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Heinz J. Vogels was born in Berlin in 1933 and ordained a priest i 1959. He obatained a doctorate in theoloy in 1975 and in 1978 published the original version of this book. In 1979 he married Renate Schwarz and was suspended from his priestly duties. Since 1986 he has been a member of the executive committee of the International Federation for Married Priests.

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