This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Celibacy in the absence of caste

Celibacy has a unique significance when viewed from the perspective of caste. In Hinduism, which rigorously concerned itself with the preservation of hereditary qualities, it was nonetheless admitted that a member of the lower caste could become a brahmin—yet this was often on the condition of celibacy. In this way the laws of caste could be transcended in individual cases without casting aside the norm and destroying the structure.

Given the Hindu example, we can see that the condition of celibacy in the Catholic priesthood (applying also to nuns, and for precisely the same reason) preserves this ‘spiritual caste’ from becoming entangled with hereditary difficulties. We find the same attitude in Buddhism. Thus, the opening of the priestly caste to any and all is compensated for by the requirement of celibacy.

We do not intend to portray this as the only or even the most important meaning of traditional celibacy, but is rather one of its more exterior and practical purposes.

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