I have had relationships that have been sexual in nature. Is it still possible for me to make a vow of chastity?
It is theoretically possible for a person who has been sexually active to make a vow of chastity. In practice,however, admission to vows requires careful examination of each candidate’s motivations and level of maturity and readiness to assume the demands and responsibilities of celibate life. Only when the Church, through the bishop or religious superior, judges that a person is ready is he invited to make this vow of chastity.
Most popular questions
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- Can I become a bishop or cardinal and not a priest?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- If I take a vow of celibacy, will I get very lonely?
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- I do not consider myself to be exceptionally holy, I try to pray every day and follow the commandments. I have always been very interested in the priesthood but I have never felt a burning passion for it. Could I still be called to the priesthood?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- Can I still join the priesthood if I have personal debts?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?