Celibacy Essays

  • The Decision for Celibacy

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    Introduction Brahmacharya or celibacy, according to Swami Sivananda Saraswati, is “self-restraint, particularly mastery of perfect control over the sexual organ or freedom from lust in thought, word and deed.” He calls for a conversion of sexual desire to spiritual energy, also known as ojas, through meditation, yoga and prayer. He also uses Freud’s term ‘sublimation’ and claims it “is not a matter of suppression or repression, but a positive, dynamic, conversion process. It is the process of controlling

  • The Argument for Celibacy

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    The Argument for Celibacy How could someone explain America’s loosening view of sexual intercourse over recent decades? Have our moral standards changed so much that they now accept or even encourage frequent sex? Is it just a method of rebellion as people attempt to fight conservative societal views? Perhaps we just wish to fight those who instill inhibitive ideas on us, and our forms of freedom – in this case, that of our bodies. Has American media’s desire for revenue and profit caused

  • Priest Celibacy

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    Fundamentalist attacks on priestly celibacy come in a number of different forms—not all compatible with one another. There is almost no other subject about which so many different confusions exist. The first and most basic confusion is thinking of priestly celibacy as a dogma or doctrine—a central and irreformable part of the faith, believed by Catholics to come from Jesus and the apostles. Thus some Fundamentalists make a great deal of a biblical reference to Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:30),

  • Celibacy In Catholianity Essay

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    Lemony Snicket: what is the reason behind these traditions? Celibacy is defined as the state of being unmarried and/or sexually abstinent by choice, especially for religious reasons. It is demonstrated as a vow for men becoming Catholic priests. Throughout the years, there has been constant debate to whether priests should remain celibate or should have the option to marry during priesthood. In Catholicism, the Church holds that celibacy is a gift of the Holy Spirit for the Church; therefore, it is

  • Arguing Whether or not Clerical Celibacy Should be Maintained

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    Arguing Whether or not Clerical Celibacy Should be Maintained "Like his two older brothers, Mark Vincent Serrano became an altar boy at St. Joseph's Church in Mendham, New Jersey. Invited to visit the parish priest in the rectory, he became--from the time he was 9 to the time he was 16-- a victim of serial molestation: groping, sodomy, oral sex, and forced masturbation," (Press). One New Jersey priest convicted of molestation, said that "his vow of celibacy made no mention of abstaining from

  • Better to Marry Than to Burn: Clerical Celibacy in Modern Times

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    “precious jewel” by Pope Paul VI, a vow of celibacy, abstaining from marriage and all sexual activity is required for those choosing a life of service in the Roman Catholic Church (Frazee 108). Perhaps one of the most long standing debates within the Roman Catholic Church is the issue of clerical celibacy, in particular for priests. Many ask, does compulsory celibacy for priest have any place in today’s modern world? Some will argue that compulsory celibacy for priest is essential for priest to adequately

  • Celibacy

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    mind.” (Matthew 22: 37) Celibacy is a way of loving, living, and serving. The practice of celibacy is an old age religious practice to which men, desiring to serve a higher power by joining religious orders, commit their lives. Although very controversial in the religious world today, celibacy ranks high in the life of many priests. Many people relate chastity to celibacy; however it is not the same concept. Chastity is an abstention from sexual intercourse, but Celibacy is the state of being unmarried

  • Christianity And Islam

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    Love and Relationships In Islam and Christianity Introduction In this report, I will be comparing and contrasting the differences in the views of marriage, chastity, relationships and more between two religions of my choice - Islam and Christianity. I chosen Islam as one of my religions as I am a Muslim and believe that I can make this report more interesting by including first hand views on these topics along as other information. I chose Christianity, because out

  • The Issue of Priest's Inability to Marry in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches

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    married as compared to other religions who allow their ministers and reverends to get married. Being a celibate priest means that the priest would have to abstain from sex and not get married because of a religious vow. The Catholic Church believes in celibacy of priest and due to this, there have been controversies and debates because some religions believe that the absence of a female figure in the life of a priest has its effects. Firstly, before a person can become a catholic priest, there are some

  • Holy Orders

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    men. It was set up to provide ministers of service to the Church. Those who have received this sacrament are members of a college that dedicates their lives to become servants of the Word of God. They are called to live a life of self-denial, celibacy, and sacrifice for the well being of other beings. Holy Orders gives different powers and authorities in the Church on three different levels. To receive the Sacrament one must be a baptized male who acts as a role model to others, have an interior

  • Essay On Celibacy

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    sobbing for a long time. “Father?” the monk whispers. “Oh, Lord Jesus,” the priest wails. “The word is 'celebrate.'”1 Because humans are inherently sexual, it would be funny (tragically funny, maybe, but funny nonetheless) if institutionalized celibacy was the result of a minor transcription error, rather than, say, the will of God. Of course, the question immediately arises: are humans inherently sexual? And is a life without sex inherently undesirable? I take it that most people would answer

  • Birthcontrol and the Work Of Margaret Sanger

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    Control in America). Contraception was considered an ethical issue, in that the majority of Americans believed it was a form of abortion and therefor it was considered amoral (Birth Control in America). The laws of Sanger's day “...forced women into celibacy on one hand, or abortion on the other" (Sanger B 3). Why did it take so long to spread and legalize something with the potential to better the lives and life styles of women and families in the early 1900’s? It could be partially attributed to the

  • I Was Molested By A Priest

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    Alone in his room the priest would mastermind his hunt. He would examine his conscious as he looked in the mirror. He admires his body and hungers for it to be touched by a young boy’s hand. He is reminded of his vow of celibacy but knows it does not work for him or for most of his peers. Many of them share stories of their affairs with the outside world and the temptations they confront daily. Few, however, speak about “crossing the line” by submitting to their carnal desires. At the fortress nightly

  • Symbolism in "a New England Nun"

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    Symbolism in "A New England Nun" The main character, Louisa Ellis, lived a life which paralleled both of her pets' lives, her dog Caesar's and her yellow canary. The animals and Louisa are trapped by their captivity, and because they have lived like this for so long, no longer crave freedom. Both Louisa and Caesar live solemn and isolated lives. This is shown when Freeman describes Caesars house as "half hidden among the tall grasses and flowers" (258). Given the setting of where Louisa lives

  • Reflective Essay On Celibacy

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    Currently, the aspect of my sexual self is celibacy, I chose to remain abstaintance from sexual activity and masturbation. I have no sexual experience whatsoever and I believe that many reasons have lead for me to making this decision for myself. Many different factors have led to my choices, there are certain expectations from my parents, my culture/religion, and also myself to me. There are also certain fears and various different factors that have lead me to believe that I am not ready at this

  • A Tale of Sin and Atonement

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    would have stayed bowed with his eyes shut like he was supposed to, he would not have spotted Clarimonde and would not have been drawn into her life of sin where he did not belong. This attraction towards Clarimonde begins to violate the vow of celibacy he took when becoming a priest. Romauld continues to sin as he desires to renounce God (234). This is the ultimate...

  • Propositio: Celibacy And Marriage

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    1.4. THE STRUCTURE OF THE ARGUMENTS The propositio, ‘celibacy and marriage’ is supported by the following arguments in the chapter. We could gather two different opinions regarding v.1 from many scholars; as a quotation from Corinthian Church and a Pauline statement. Here it is noteworthy that the Greek text has no copula to prove it as a quotation and also the earliest manuscripts had no punctuation. The pattern of citing a catchphrase and then suddenly rebutting it appears in 6, 12-13; 8, 1- 4;

  • Celibacy: The Hypocrisy Of The Catholic Church

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    perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy” (Canon Law Society of America). Clergy members have to abstain from sexual activities to remain pure in the eyes of God. Even though celibacy is a major requirement of priesthood, multiple studies have been able to conclude that less that half of the Roman Catholic clergy are actually practicing celibacy (Sipe). Therefore the majority of the clergy of a major religion are breaking a cardinal rule

  • Analysis Of Jeanne De Jussie's Roles In The Short Chronicle

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    source and not merely a personal attack against the Protestants. Her experiences and beliefs, including those concerning celibacy, reflected those of many members of the Catholic Church during the Reformation. Also, her categorization of Protestants as ‘heretics’ was consistent with the practices of the Catholic Church. Although biased, her fears about Protestant views on celibacy and marriage were legitimate and consistent with

  • Marriage of Catholic Priests

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    fact, priestly celibacy is not a church law, but, as Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone says it is a "positive tradition," and not "untouchable" (France-Pressez). However, some critics of the practice would argue that celibacy is not a positive tradition, and that in fact it is responsible for many of the pedophilia scandals that are present in today’s church. They say that repressing sexual instincts is not healthy. The Vatican needs to consider effects of celibacy on the mental