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Fr. Gary Selin: The purpose and meaning of priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church

February 8, 2019

"At the foundation, the reason priests are celibate is because Jesus Christ himself was celibate," said Fr. Gary Selin, author of Priestly Celibacy: Theological Foundations. "He's the reason, he's the cause, he is the very foundation of the New Testament priesthood." Fr. Selin is a Formation Advisor, as well as an Assistant Professor, at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. For more, see the National Catholic Register interview with Fr. Selin, "Why the Church Guards Celibacy as a 'Brilliant Jewel.'"