• The Perils of Celibacy: Clerical Celibacy and Marriage in Early Protestant Perspective

    Author(s):
    John Witte, Jr. (see profile)
    Date:
    2006
    Subject(s):
    Protestantism
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Sex, lust, sexual sin, Johann Apel, Martin Luther, Law and religion, celibacy, clerical pedophilia, married preists
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/1983-p977
    Abstract:
    The recent scandals over clerical pedophilia have raised anew ancient church battles over the propriety of clerical celibacy. Using a sensational sixteenth-century case as a laboratory, this Article analyzes the traditional Roman Catholic arguments in favor of clerical celibacy and the attacks on those arguments by the sixteenth-century Protestant reformers. It then draws from this historical battle several modern lessons about clerics, children, and sexual crimes.
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