Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $39,295 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

87-year-old bishop praises clerical celibacy

Catholic World News - August 12, 2010

Bishop John Jukes, a Franciscan who served as auxiliary bishop of Southwark from 1980 to 1998, praised the discipline of clerical celibacy in an e-mail sent on his 87th birthday.

“I have always enjoyed the company of women,” he begins. “Their way of talking, the often-- to me-- apparently illogical style of reasoning, coupled with their physical appearance, have provided fascinating objects of wonder and interest.”

“While each individual will have personal and individual motives for undertaking what is by usual human standards a considerable sacrifice, yet all combine in a common conviction that they are seeking to place themselves at the side of Christ Our Saviour,” he continues. “I am convinced from my own experience that the gift of life-long celibacy has given me a great advantage in presenting Jesus and His teaching to mankind.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($126,788 to go):
$150,000.00 $23,211.70
85% 15%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: New Sister - Aug. 12, 2010 7:29 AM ET USA

    Thank you, and may God bless you, Bishop Jukes.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat 4 hours ago
When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics October 20
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18
Challenge Grant Begins as Synod Ends October 17
What's wrong with this Synod, IV: Unprepared for marriage October 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6