Advantages of Celibacy

What are the advantages of celibacy in the priesthood?
by Fr. Anthony Bannon, LC | Source:
Q. Dear Fr. Anthony,

What are the advantages of celibacy in the priesthood of a Catholic priest?


A. Dear Jim,

What makes celibacy special is that it is the way of life that Christ chose for himself and his Mother. It makes us more like him. So by celibacy we dedicate ourselves totally and exclusively to loving Christ and his Church, we dedicate ourselves exclusively and totally to serving souls, without any hindrance or encumbrance.

Celibacy makes us ‘put our money where our mouth is’, as the saying goes. As priests we spend much of our time preaching the Kingdom, saying that heaven is greater than all the earth can offer, that Christ deserves everything, that he means more than anything else, etc. Our celibacy means and shows that we really believe what we say and are willing to stake everything on it.

Another fruit of our vow of celibacy is the help and inspiration it can give to Catholic parents who are doing their best to be faithful to what Christ asks of them, to be open to life, to be selfless in the way they give themselves to each other.

God bless.

– Fr Anthony

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