Rick McHenry

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Celibacy and the Child Abuse Scandal


Several people have asked me recently why the Roman Catholic Church (Latin Rite) doesn’t allow priests to be married and contend that if they did, there wouldn’t be such a big problem with priestly sexual abuse.  What role does celibacy play in the recent child sexual abuse scandal?

In order to answer, let’s take a look at what celibacy is and why Roman Catholic priests are required to be celibate.

What is celibacy?

Celibacy, by definition, is the abstaining from marriage and sexual relations for religious reasons.

Why does the Roman Catholic Church require priests to be celibate?

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