Deacons and perfect continence
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Can. 277 §1. Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy which is a special gift of God by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and are able to dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and humanity.

Laws cannot contradict each other.  So either this law doesn't apply to married permanent deacons, or it does and therefore they are bound to something they cannot be bound to since they are already married.


With all due respect, I answered this pointedly, here:


There are two possible interpretations of Canon 277:

Can. 277 §1 Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven, and are therefore bound to celibacy, except permanent deacons who are married, who are bound to neither.

Can. 277 §1 Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven, and are therefore bound to celibacy, unless already married, in which case they are bound only to continence.


One of these interpretations represents the constant and ancient tradition of the Church and has not been over-ruled or abrogated by any act of the Church.  The other is a speculation which Rome has declined to endorse officially. 


The reason why #2 can easily be assumed as the correct one is that #2 is how the Church has *always* interpreted the rule, since at very least the 3rd century, and in the opinion of the absolute historical authorities on the subject, since apostoic times. 

In other words, there's a difference between a law contradicting itself and a law depending on the common knowledge of the tradition of the Church to be correctly interpreted.  If one does not use the traditional interpretation, but instead interprets the law as you are attempting to do, then it is in fact contradictory:

Clerics are to be celibate, but married deacons can be clerics.

That's an actual contradition.

The legitimate traditional interpretation of the canon requires no such gymnastics.  It is much simpler.  As I stated above, it goes:

Can. 277 §1 Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven, and are therefore bound to celibacy, unless already married, in which case they are bound only to continence.

..and as noted THIS is the interpretation which has the advantage of being recognizable to popes and council from the entire history of the Church, whereas the other interpretation you are arguing for is a complete novelty.




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Re: Deacons and perfect continence - by Basher - 02-08-2011, 12:43 AM
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