Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Zolibat in der Fruhen Kirche: Die Anfange Einer Enthaltsamkeitspflicht Fur Kleriker in Ost Und West

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Zolibat in der Fruhen Kirche: Die Anfange Einer Enthaltsamkeitspflicht Fur Kleriker in Ost Und West

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Zolibat in der fruhen Kirche: Die Anfange einer Enthaltsamkeitspflicht fur Kleriker in Ost und West. By Stefan Heid. (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh. 1997. Pp.339. DM 39.80.)

Heid contextualizes the theme of clerical celibacy within the institutionalization of the Church and the Early Christian understanding of sexuality. To a lesser extent, he deals with the personalities on the various sides of the question. He claims a contemporary significance for the study: "Ohne die friihe Kirche gab es heute keinen Zolibat" (p. 9), even though mandatory celibacy emerged from the twelfth-century Papstlirche (an unfortunate and inaccurate term).

After a brief review of some recent literature, Heid begins his study with the New Testament and follows it to Justinian and the Council in Trullo (690) in the East and the fifth-century popes in the West. The last chapter considers the possible Grundsatzliches zum Konsens zwischen ostlicher und westlicher Zolibatsdisziplin. This reviewer found it refreshing to see an ecumenical proposal based upon solid historical research rather than just good will.

The heart of the book lies in the examination of the historical data. Separate chapters deal with the Bible, the second century to Tertullian (t220), the third century to Nicaea (325); two chapters comprising 40% of the text deal with East and West in the fourth and fifth centuries. Heid has rounded up all the usual suspects Oerome,Augustine), but he also looks at Syriac literature, canons of regional councils, and what he calls indirekte Bestatigungen, such as the duties of Klerikerauen. Many writers receive only one or two pages, often because they said little on the topic or little survives of what they said. …

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