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Clerical '''celibacy''' is the practice in which clergy and monastics, male or female, refrain from marriage and from all sexual relationships and activities. In Eastern Orthodoxy, [[bishop]]s and [[monastic]]s are celibate. However, candidates for the [[priest]]hood are allowed to marry if they do so before ordination. A married priesthood is technically allowed in the [[Eastern Rite Catholic]] churches. However, in some jurisdictions, [[Latin Rite]] [[Roman Catholic|Catholic]] bishops have not recognized married [[Eastern Rite Catholic|Uniate]] priests as being valid, which has been a contributing factor to several Eastern Rite groups' return to Orthodoxy.
[[Category:Church Life]]

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