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The fact is for a long time the Catholic Church struggled with its interpretation of Scriptures on priestly celibacy.
It wasn’t until the 12th century that priestly celibacy became mandatory.
Scriptural basis for celibacy
In the middle of the first century Paul – the most influential apostle of the early Christian movement – wrote a letter to a congregation of Jesus followers in Corinth Greece.
It contains the earliest record of a discussion about celibacy and marriage among “believers,” as Christians were called at the time.
Apparently the members of the church had written to Paul what appears to be a simple and specific argument in favor of celibacy: ‘It is well for a man not to touch a woman’ they write.
We do not know who wrote these words to Paul or why they made this claim.