Is priestly celibacy a dogma of the faith?


#1

I have heard that married clergy was the rule during the first thousand years of Church history. This leaves me confused and wondering. Please help!


#2

Priestly celibacy is a disciplinary rule, not a doctrine or dogma of the faith. As such, it can (and has been) changed over time.

For more information see:
Celibacy of the Clergy
Celibacy and the Priesthood


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