It seems as though good Catholics are confused about the difference between states of life.
I’ve had this discussion with many good Catholics and it could be linked with the lack of vocations in general (but not necessarily)
Many say: “Marriage and Virginity (read, consecrated people and celabate priests) are equal vocations”
Now it isn’t stated clearly in the Catechism but is hinted at that
Consecrated Virginity (CV) is higher.
JpII in his aposolic letter says:
16…Rightly indeed does St. John Chrysostom say: “Whoever denigrates marriage also diminishes the glory of virginity. Whoever praises it makes virginity more admirable and resplendent. What appears good only in comparison with evil would not be particularly good. It is something better than what is admitted to be good that is the most excellent good.”(38)
This footnote 38 unfortunately is not on the Vatican Website but in the book form refers to Pius XII ecyclical:
- This doctrine of the excellence of virginity and of celibacy and of their superiority over the married state was, as We have already said, revealed by our Divine Redeemer and by the Apostle of the Gentiles; so too, it was solemnly defined as a dogma of divine faith by the holy council of Trent, and explained in the same way by all the holy Fathers and Doctors of the Church. Finally, We and Our Predecessors have often expounded it and earnestly advocated it whenever occasion offered. But recent attacks on this traditional doctrine of the Church, the danger they constitute, and the harm they do to the souls of the faithful lead Us, in fulfillment of the duties of Our charge, to take up the matter once again in this Encyclical Letter, and to reprove these errors which are so often propounded under a specious appearance of truth.