less than 1 minute read


Celibacy, voluntary abstinence from marriage and sexual intercourse. Celibacy of Roman Catholic church clergy was instituted by Pope Siricius (386), but abandoned by Protestants during the Reformation. In the Eastern Church, married men can be ordained as priests, though bishops must be celibates or widowers.

Additional topics

21st Century Webster's Family Encyclopedia21st Century Webster's Family Encyclopedia - Catherine de' Medici to Children's home