By Raymond F. Collins
What gentle does the recent testomony shed at the perform of celibacy for the sake of the dominion? In his most up-to-date paintings, popular Scripture student Raymond F. Collins turns his recognition to the query, which in fact has vital implications for the church in our personal day. although the answer's now not an easy one, and it doesn't unavoidably translate instantly into transparent modern ecclesial coverage, it nonetheless serves as a big starting place for dialogue. Collins supplies cautious attention of the method for use in drawing close the query and to special facets of the sociocultural context of first-century Palestine during which the recent testomony took shape. He then explores what Jesus stated to the disciples, a number of disciples' personal prestige as married males, and Paul's educating and private instance on marriage. Raymond Collins has served the church via his considerate and scholarly exegetical paintings for many years. This most up-to-date paintings of his will lengthy count number between his...
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Under his leadership, I had the pleasure of working with Nikki Werner, copy editor at Liturgical Press, who read the manuscript ever so carefully and raised a number of queries for me to answer. I offer this study as a contribution to the ongoing discussion of the role of celibacy in the Latin Church. It is dedicated to those who have striven to live a life of celibacy within the church and those who wonder whether continuation of the practice best serves the needs of the church of the twenty-first century.
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Writing the book was a challenge. I have endeavored to meet the challenge as best I could. The project could not have been completed were it not for the assistance of several persons. Let me begin with a word of thanks to Dr. Susan Harvey, then chair of the department of religious studies at Brown University, who not only promoted my appointment as a visiting scholar in the department but also introduced me to Dr. David Hunter, holder of the Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Kentucky, who has done no inconsiderable amount of study on the discipline of clerical continence, albeit at a later period of time than is the focus of my exegetical study.