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 modern paintings, well known Scripture pupil Raymond F. Collins turns his consciousness to the query, which in fact has very important implications for the church in our personal day. even though the answer's now not an easy one, and it doesn't unavoidably translate instantly into transparent modern ecclesial coverage, it nonetheless serves as an enormous origin for dialogue. Collins supplies cautious attention of the method for use in drawing close the query and to big elements 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 instructing and private instance on marriage. Raymond Collins has served the church via his considerate and scholarly exegetical paintings for many years. This most recent paintings of his will lengthy matter between his...
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126 This is of major importance in the interpretation of Pauline texts, such as those quoted in the long history of the discipline of clerical celibacy/continence. All of them appear in documents that have the form of a letter. Their opening words are similar in form to the opening words of Hellenistic letters, with the identification of the sender, followed by the identification of the recipient, and a stereotyped greeting. In Paul’s letters, each of these elements is given a decidedly Christian cast.
Hist. Ecclesiastical History Ignatius Magn. Letter to the Magnesians Phld. Letter to the Philadelphians Pol. Letter to Polycarp Trall. Thom. Gospel of Thomas Polycarp, Phil. Letter to the Philippians Pseudo-Clementines Hom. Homilies Recon. Recognitions 1 A Methodological Introduction When Cardinal Alfons Maria Stickler died on December 12, 2007, the Roman Catholic Church lost one of its staunchest defenders of clerical celibacy. During the course of recent decades many churchmen1 have defended clerical celibacy, but, during his long academic career and a much longer life, the Austrian-born cardinal2—nearing one hundred years of age at the time of his death—was a staunch academic defender of the discipline of mandatory clerical celibacy for priests in the Western Church.
Jerome, in any case, indicates that on this point he has the views of Vigilantius second-hand. That is already reason enough not to take Jerome simply at his word. Above all one must realize: Jerome actually wanted to give precisely this (false) impression that hell had broken loose in Gaul. If historical criticism has any significance whatsoever, then it is to unmask such invective and to take literally texts that are handed down without first scrutinizing the way in which they present themselves.