I'm a man considering the celibate life, and I was hoping someone could clarify an area of confusion for me, as I've heard conflicting information on it. Does the ontological effect of ordination dispose a priest (or, bishop or deacon) more fully to a life of holiness? That is, does ordained life allow for a man to be more able to receive the Lord's grace when compared to both women in consecrated life (nuns, consecrated virgins, etc.) and members of the laity of either sex? I'm grateful for any help you can offer. Also, any reference to Church documents and/or reputable theologians would be greatly appreciated!
A Man Discerning