Re: Celibacy: Everyday Presentations

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 20:37:19 -0500

You're quite right about celibacy being a powerful
theme for women in Christianity -- it was a very
important route away from husband/marriage, The existence of this
theme in Christianity was part ofwhat made it attractive to women. And
this also fitted in to the important place that the Church gave to
celibacy. Ruby
Thu, 14 Dec 1995, Brian Michael Howell wrote:

> On Mon, 11 Dec 1995, Ruby Rohrlich wrote:
> > Celibacy as encouraged by the Catholic Church was a way of grossly
> > increasing the Church's wealth. Jack Goody writes of this in *Marriage
> > and the Family* I think is the title. Ruby Rohrlich
> >
> This may be true of certain times in the Church's history, but the
> origination of celibacy (as a spiritual discipline, particularly powerful
> for women) predated the institutional catholic church by
> several hundred years. cf. the writings of Tertullian, Jerome, et al.
> Brian H.
> Wash U - St. Louis