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  1. #1 Valentine's day and priests 
    Forum Ph.D. Heinsbergrelatz's Avatar
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    As yesterday was valentine's day, i was interested enough to actually read about the history of the valentine's day itself. when i was reading valentine's history it seemed to involve alot of roman priests and legends to their stories. Apparently i came across a sentence " he outlawed marriage for young men his crop of potential soldiers." this "he" was Emperor Claudius II .


    my question here is why arent priests allowed to marry? (now i know this might belong to the religion section,but im just asking a general answer no need in scientific descriptions for it)- it might also seem like an orthodox question but i would appreciate the absence of criticism.

    thank you in advance


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    I'm not a religeous man, but my understanding of it was that priests aren't allowed to marry because love and passion 'cloud' their judgement, so they abstein from them so that they may better serve their role in society.

    Kinda reminds me of Jedi tbh.


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    don't they say about nuns that they're married to christ ? so why does the church condemn polygamy for ordinary mortals ?
    don't know whether priests are also supposed to be married to christ, although it would explain the prevalence of homosexual tendencies in the priesthood
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinsbergrelatz
    my question here is why arent priests allowed to marry?
    As a general rule, priests are not prohibited from marrying. Only in certain sects such as Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox is it disallowed, and even then it's generally only disallowed AFTER they've been ordained (married men are allowed to enter the priesthood in Eastern Orthodox, but only after papal approval in Roman Catholicism).

    However, once you get beyond those, most sects don't really have any hard or fast rules on preventing priests from marrying, and it happens often.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priest



    For a nice exploration of some of the reasoning underlying such rules, including rules of celibacy, here is a nicely written and supported article:

    http://atheism.about.com/od/romancat...a/celibacy.htm
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    In Catholicism the priest takes vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. In imitation of Christ is the idea I think.

    The nuns aren't married to Christ either, they often say colloquially that they are married to their duty to Christ and the Church, but the vow of celibacy is yet another sign of their devotion to the church.

    Catholic theology often idealizes celibacy and virginity as the best possible way for humans to live, but they allow marriage and sex for reproduction as necessary.
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