Day #243: Presbyterorum Ordinis 16

In today’s reading from the Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, we continue to look at “Special Spiritual Requirements in the Life of a Priest.”

We began yesterday with a look at obedience (article 15).  Today we move to the next evangelical counsel of chastity, which for priests generally means celibacy.  If you’re looking for a nice summary of why the Church maintains celibacy as the rule for priests of the Latin rite, this is the paragraph to read.

Here are the Scripture citations:

Jn 1:13

And the footnotes:

33. Cf. Mt 19:22.

34. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, Nov. 21, 1964 n 42: AAS 57 (1965) pp 47-49.

35. Cf. 1 Tim 3:2-5: Tt 1:6.

36. Cf. Pius XI, encyclical letter Ad Catholici Sacerdotii Dec. 30, 1935: AAS 28 (1936) p 28.

37. Cf. Mt 19:12.

38. Cf. 1 Cor 7:32-34.

39. Cf. 2 Cor 11:2.

40. Cf. Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, Nov. 21, 1964, n 42 and 44: AAS 57 (1965), pp 47-49 and 50-51; Decree on the Renewal of Religious Life, Oct. 18, 1965, n 12.

41. Cf. Lk 20:35-36; Pius XI, encyclical letter Ad Catholici Sacerdotii Dec.20, 1935, AAS 28 (1936) pp 24-28; Pius XII, encyclical letter Sacra Virginitas, March 25, 1954, AAS 46 (1954) nn 169-172.

42. Cf. Mt 19:11.

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