In this talk, delivered to around two hundred Catholic priests at the St. Paul Center’s Living Sacrifice conference, Dr. Brant Pitre examines the biblical evidence for the Church’s claim that Jesus instituted a celibate ministerial priesthood. At the time of the Reformation, the founders of Protestantism rejected the idea that Jesus founded a ministerial priesthood along with the royal priesthood of all believers. Even those who retained some idea of priesthood rejected the Catholic discipline of a celibate priesthood. Today, most people believe that the idea of priestly celibacy was a later medieval invention. In this talk Dr. Pitre shows that it actually has deep roots in both the Old Testament and the Gospels.
Readings Isaiah 55:6-9 Psalm145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 Philippians 1:20-24, 27 Matthew 20:1-16 The house of Israel is the vine of God - who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5). Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord allowed His vineyard, Israel's kingdom, to be overrun by conquerors (see Psalm 80:9-20). But God promised that one day He would replant His vineyard and its shoots would ...