No Rivalry Between Celibacy, Marriage in Church Teaching, U.S. Liturgist Notes

Vatican II: 50 years ago today

“Christian celibacy is not to be regarded as a state in rivalry to marriage, much less in opposition to it,” a leading American liturgist has said here.

Father Godfrey Diekmann, O.S.B., of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minn., a council expert, spoke at a press conference at the American bishops’ press panel on the Christian theological aspects of celibacy.

He noted that Scripture “begins with the story of God’s blessing of marriage in the first book of Genesis and ends with the vision of the Spirit and the Bride, inviting all to come to the heavenly wedding feast. And, we might say, all the story in between expresses God’s relations to man in terms of marriage.”

Father Diekmann’s conference paralleled the discussion in the ecumenical council of the establishment of the married diaconate. He said: “Celibacy is not of divine law, but a disciplinary Church law which could be changed. There…

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