THE ELEPHANT IN THE SACRISTY (PART III)
by Ted Schmidt
If anyone says the married state is to be placed above the state of virginity or of celibacy and that it is not better and more blessed to remain in virginity and celibacy than to be united in matrimony, let him be anathema.
The Council of Trent 1563
The devil never harmed the church as much as when the church herself adopted the vow of celibacy.
I believe that mandatory celibacy may have done as much or more evil than any other church policy when one considers all its consequences in terms of the exclusion of women and the negative reading it gives the laity on sexuality.