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RELIGIOUS STATE

According to ecclesiastical tradition, a fixed or stable manner of life that people of the same sex live in common, and in which rthey observe the evangelical counsels by means of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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