Pope on priestly celibacy: When a man’s sexuality is not properly integrated, it becomes “banal and destructive”.

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Benedict has repeatedly spoken of celibacy as a “gift.”

In celebrating the close of the Year for Priests on June 10, he said priests were united with the “unique priest,” Jesus Christ, mysteriously drawn into the reality of Christ’s resurrection, to a new life “already beyond marriage.”

In this relationship with Christ, he said, “celibacy is anticipation,” taking the priest beyond this world and time to the “world of the resurrection.” In opening the doors to this “future of God,” he said, celibacy is lived as a witness to faith, a testimony of true belief that God exists and is found in one’s life.

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