Friday, August 13, 2010

Saint Hippolytus: “Not all can accept this word"

... but only those to whom that is granted. Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage
for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."
-- Mt 19:3-12

In the Latin Church the sacrament of Holy Orders for the presbyterate is normally conferred only on candidates who are ready to embrace celibacy freely and who publicly manifest their intention of staying celibate for the love of God's kingdom and the service of men.
-- CCC 1599

In the Eastern Churches a different discipline has been in force for many centuries: while bishops are chosen solely from among celibates, married men can be ordained as deacons and priests. This practice has long been considered legitimate; these priests exercise a fruitful ministry within their communities. Moreover, priestly celibacy is held in great honor in the Eastern Churches and many priests have freely chosen it for the sake of the Kingdom of God. In the East as in the West a man who has already received the sacrament of Holy Orders can no longer marry.
-- CCC 1580

Also on this date: Saint Pontian

1 comment:

Agrarian Peasant said...

Celibacy is a discipline that is very misunderstood by those inside and outside of the Church. Many view it negatively as something that retricts... But actually celibacy is liberating... One is free to devote his time to the Lord's work! And can speak the Truth unfettered from worldly associations. To those who accept it, it is a gift, not a burden.