The Perils of Celibacy: Clerical Celibacy and Marriage in Early Protestant Perspective
John Witte Jr.
Emory University School of Law
THE CHURCH IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, John Garvey, et al., ed., Boston College, Forthcoming
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 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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: Catholic, clerical, sexual crimes, childrenAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 15, 2005
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