Illicit Celibacy and the Deposit of Faith tells the remarkably simple yet untold story of celibacy requirements for Catholic priests. It presents a different and historically insightful understanding of the mandatory celibacy law that was forced upon the priesthood in 1139AD, and its ultimate consequences for the church today. This book explains clearly for the modern Catholic little known historical events leading to the celibacy law and argues that this law directly contradicts infallible Church teachings of Jesus and His Apostles.
* Jesus and the apostles permitted all priests to marry and propagate.
* The apostles did not abandon marital sex in order to imitate Jesus.
* Early Christianity permitted birth control.
* Priestly wives and husbands jointly ministered at the Eucharistic table.
* The law of mandatory celibacy is a Papal doctrine that nullifies an infallible doctrine of Christ, thereby disproving all claims of
This book explains the Gnostic origin of mandatory celibacy and struggles by the priesthood to remain married during the Churches’ first thousand years. Since the fourth century history repeatedly reveals widespread scandals by sexually abusive priests when men incapable of living celibate lives were forbidden the Sacrament of Matrimony. Today, one priest in ten successfully lives out his vow of celibacy, a scandal that must be assigned directly to past and present popes. This 900 year old law is illicit; it contradicts scripture, tradition and Catholic history. Today St. Peter would be denied ordination into the priesthood.
For those interested in early Church history and later papal changes this book is valuable and rewarding.