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Celibacy in the Priesthood

Clip: Season 5 | 7m 51s

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As American Catholics have reeled from the disclosures of past sexual abuses by priests, and evidence they were covered up, one of the questions raised has concerned priestly celibacy — abstinence from sex. Was that requirement a cause of the abuses? Is it necessary for dedicated ministry? Should it be made optional?

Aired: 04/11/02 | Rating: NR

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