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Clerical Celibacy: The Heritage
Phipps' study gives a comprehensive, historically-based account of the commitment of the Roman Catholic Church to a celibate priesthood. His position is, he states, 'conservative, not radical. Mandatory celibacy is relatively new-fangled, having appeared during the last half of the church's existence. The innovation was imposed in the feudal and crusading era, a dark perio ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 10th 2004 by Bloomsbury Academic
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This is a definitive historical study of celibacy in the Roman Catholic church. This book not only shows that celibacy was not a Roman Catholic clerical requirement until 1139 (and before that most high-ranking officials were married), but it also documents the ways in which this issue pulled apart the Church, from to the 1054 Schism, to the horrors of the Crusades, to even the Protestant Reformation. Phipps clearly shows that celibacy was not a feature of Jewish tradition (in fact, it goes agai ...more
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