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    but it applies more to the monks, since monasteries own their property (a monk from a wealthy family would often bring a donation of land with him when he joined, plus monasteries were the frequent recipients of bequests). Priests used Church property which was owned by the Church as a whole, and so much harder to pass on to a descendant. So monks always had to be celibate.

    As I mentioned in my other comment, it was when the monks started to take over (Pope Urban II was an abbot) that you really begin to see priestly celibacy.

    The plural of paradox is paradise.

    by DanK Is Back on Thu Dec 06, 2007 at 12:40:10 PM PST

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