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Clerical marriage is the practice of allowing clergy (those who have already been ordained) to marry.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church is explained that "the intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws.

God himself is the author of marriage." The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator.

While marriage is honored and affirmed among Christians and throughout the Bible, there is no suggestion that it is necessary for everyone.

Single people who either have chosen to remain unmarried or who have lost their spouse for some reason are neither incomplete in Christ nor personal failures.

Since 1996, the denomination’s has identified the situation of a pastor engaging “in sexual contact or sexualized behavior with a congregant” as sexual abuse (“Sexual Misconduct within Ministerial Relationships,” The Book of Resolutions 2008, pp. Our understanding of appropriate boundaries in ministry has changed dramatically in the past 25 years.

United Methodist clergy believe “it is morally OK for a single pastor to date one of his/her parishioners,” according to a survey of more than 1,200 clergy conducted by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women during the past two years.

Clerical marriage is admitted in Protestantism, Anglicanism, some Independent Catholic Churches (not in communion with Rome), Judaism, Islam, and the Japanese sects of Buddhism.

" By reason of their state in life and of their order, [Christian spouses] have their own special gifts in the People of God."This grace proper to the sacrament of Matrimony is intended to perfect the couple's love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity.

By this grace they "help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children." Christ is the source of this grace.

One more quick point: I’m not the kind of person who frequently tells people how they should behave in their sex lives.

Unlike, perhaps, some of the readers of this article, I actively support full LGBTQ equality, and I do not believe that the only province of sexuality should be the marital relationship. But you, and I, and everyone, universally agree that some classes of sexual behavior are simply acceptable, like child molestation, or sexual assault.