The Apostolic Origins of Priestly Celibacy, by Christian Cochini, S.J; with a Preface by Father Alfons M. Stickler; Translated by Nelly Maran
Father Christian Cochini has made a thorough examination, based on years of extensive research, of the topic of clerical celibacy in the first seven centuries of the Church's history. 469pp (Paper)
In this book Fr. Cochini examines the question of when the tradition of priestly celibacy began in the Latin Church, and he is able to trace it back to its origins with the apostles. He examines evidence about the marital status of every known bishop, priest or deacon of the period and gives an exhaustive list of married clerics from apostolic times until the end of the seventh century, a list hat includes not only the Western Church, but the East and also the Nestorian, Novatian and Pelagian Chruch. Then Cochini examines the relevant Church documents for the same period, including council and synod documents, papal letters, ecclesial and even secular legislation as it relates to the topic of priestly celibacy. He also provides a survey of scholarly literature on the topic.
This is the definitive scholarly literature on the discipline of priestly celibacy in the Church East and West. What Cochini shows through patristic sources and conciliar documentation is that from the beginning of the Church, although married men could be priests, they and their wives were required to vow celibacy before ordination, meaning they intended to live a life of continence. He provides extensive documentation, a bibliography and an index. 469pp (Paper)
About the Author Fr. Christian Cochini, SJ, recieved his doctorate in Theology from the Catholic Institute of Parish. He has taught at various university and is presently teaching at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan.