My next article appears in this week's Catholic Telegraph:
However, the Church has consistently held that priestly celibacy is a good thing. In fact, it was first exhorted to the priests in the year 295 at a local council in Spain; which is twenty years before Christianity was even legalized in the Roman Empire! Also, the Church has always upheld Jesus’ public example of living a celibate life, as well as his teaching in Matthew 19:12 (“There are some who freely renounce marriage for the sake of God’s Kingdom. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”) as indications that this is something that the Church desires for her priests.
Read the whole article at the Cincinnati Seminarian Blog.