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Apostolic Origins of Priestly Celibacy Paperback – October 1, 1990


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  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898709512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898709513
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2004
This book launched a reconsideration of the origins of priestly celibacy. An authority no less than Henri de Lubac considered it the 20th century's most significant study in this field. Whether or not his argument holds up, it is indisputablely a careful study of the history of the issue, with many new and original insights, that take into account scholarship up through 1980 or so. The other reviewer raised concerns about the purpose of the book, which I found surprising, because it was a remarkably careful and unpolemical book (which is not true of many other books on this subject.)
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Pritchett on May 13, 2011
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Excellent research, clear thinking in argumentation, unbiased treatment of opposing views and a readable style, even though it is technical in nature as a consequence of the theology and subject. This book helps clear up current misconceptions about clerical celibacy and really puts the arguments in the current controversy over ordaining married men against the two thousand history of the Church's following the mandate of the Apostles. The early Church ordained married men because of the shortage of single men; but look at what the wives had to put up with once their husbands were ordained!
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