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Priest Celibacy is a relevantly new concept

The Christian Church was a thousand years old before it definitively took a stand in favour of celibacy in the twelfth century at the Second Lateran Council held in 1139 AD/CE, when a rule was approved forbidding priests to marry.

In 1563 AD/CE, the Council of Trent reaffirmed the tradition of celibacy

Following the decision of the Anglican Church of England to ordain women priests, the Westminster arch diocese of the Roman Catholic Church accepted the transfer of married Anglican into a special group.

UK law requires that a parent (father) should pay child maintenance for the up bringing of a child 


The following recently broadcast programme from the BBC may be of interest 

My Father the Priest

Around the world, thousands of children have been fathered by supposedly celibate Catholic priests. Most are never acknowledged. Those whose paternity does become known are often shamed into silence. Some have been forced to sign confidentiality agreements, other discovered in adulthood that their mothers became pregnant as a result of sexual assaults.

Hugh Costello talks to people in two countries where such cases are widespread – the Philippines and Uganda – and meets the children of priests as they struggle to gain recognition and respect. A new campaigning group is using DNA testing and documentation searches to hold priests – and their bishops – to account. But as the Vatican under Pope Francis continues to reject calls for priests to be allowed to marry, how willing is the church to put the needs of the children above those of the institution?

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