Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815

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In Enlightenment and revolutionary France, new and pressing arguments emerged in the long debate over clerical celibacy. Appeals for the abolition of celibacy were couched primarily in the language of nature, social utility, and the patrie. The attack only intensified after the legalization of priestly marriage during the Revolution, as marriage and procreation were considered patriotic duties. Some radical revolutionaries who saw celibacy as a crime against nature and the nation aggressively promoted clerical marriage by ...

Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815 2015, University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville

ISBN-13: 9780813937120

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