Pope Benedict XVI: Priestly Celibacy

Priestly Celibacy

In a question and answer session with priests yesterday evening, Benedict XVI was asked if he could shed light on the depth and the true meaning of ecclesiastical celibacy. The Pope answered: "A great problem for Christianity in the world today is that no one thinks of the future with God: this world seems sufficient. We want only this world, to live only in this world. So we close the door to the true greatness of our existence. The meaning of celibacy as an anticipation of the future opens these doors, making the world greater, showing the reality of the future that seems to us already present. (...) It may surprise you in a sense, this criticism against permanent celibacy, at a time when it increas ...