Often the claim is made in defending the present Latin practice of mandated clerical celibacy, that those priest and bishops who were married (and the Church’s history is full of them) and remained so after their ordination did not have relations with their wives after ordination, but observed “perfect continence.”
The problem is the records of antiquity, when mentioning that St. so and so was the son of a priest/bishop, don’t mention that he was born before or after his father’s ordination.
So I found it of interest when I came across this:
St. Gregory Nazianzus, Doctor of the Church, born at Arianzus, in Asia Minor, c. 325; died at the same place, 389. He was son – one of three children – of Gregory, Bishop of Nazianzus (329-374), in the south-west of Cappadocia, and of Nonna, a daughter of Christian parents. The saint’s father was originally a member of the heretical sect of the Hypsistarii, or Hypsistiani, and was converted to Catholicity by the influence of his pious wife. His two sons, who seem to have been born **between **the dates of their father’s priestly ordination and episcopal consecration, were sent to a famous school at Caesarea, capital of Cappadocia, and educated by Carterius, probably the same one who was afterwards tutor of St. John Chrysostom.
Which 1) belies the claims that the married clergy lived “like brother and sister” 2) shows what happy results can happen when they live like husbands when they live like priests. What would the Church be like without St. Gregory.