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?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- As a priest if I decide that I no longer want to do something, such as work in a specific parish, do I have any say or is it all out of my hands?