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What are the advantages of celibacy in the priesthood of a Catholic priest?

Juan asks:

Dear Fr Anthony,

What are the advantages of celibacy in the priesthood of a Catholic priest?

 


Dear Juan,

The main value to celibacy is that it is the way of life that Christ chose for himself and his Mother. It makes us more like him.
By celibacy we dedicate ourselves totally and exclusively to loving Christ and his Church, that is, we dedicate ourselves exclusively and totally to serving souls, without any hindrance or encumbrance.

Celibacy makes us 'put our money where our mouth is', as the saying goes. We spend all our time preaching the Kingdom, we tell all who will listen that heaven is greater than all the earth can offer, that Christ deserves everything, that he means more than anything else…, and our celibacy means and shows that we really believe what we preach.

Another fruit of our celibacy is the help and inspiration it can give to Catholic parents who are doing their best to be faithful to what Christ asks of them, to be open to life, to be selfless in the way they give themselves to each other. For many, the priests' fidelity is what gives them courage.

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