Titus 1:6 and Children

Polycarp66 at aol.com Polycarp66 at aol.com
Wed Jan 16 17:30:58 EST 2002

In a message dated 1/16/2002 11:50:50 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
bjwvmw at com-pair.net writes:

A straight forward reading of the context indicate that "father and child"
are referring to a familial relationship, not one based on a "spiritual"
relationship. The use of the ITm 1:4 and Tit 1:4 to mean other than a
"normal" relationship of father and child is an attempt to justify celibacy
of the priesthood which is not supported by any text.

Au contraire, Pierre.  It has nothing to do with celibacy.  The relationship 
between a philosopher or other teacher was that of a father to his pupil 
("child").  This says nothing about celibacy.  Moreover, personally I don't 
believe in celibacy.  "It is not good that man should be alone."


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