“Śląskie Studia Historyczno-Teologiczne” (t. 43, z. 2 (2010), s. 317-332)
This article tries to find the answer to the question on mutual complementarity
of charism of virginity and sacrament of matrimony, provided that charism of virginity
is narrowed to clerical celibacy. Presenting, at first place of social context, the approach
both to matrimony and clerical celibacy as well, it enabled to notice that at present these
two institutions are misunderstood, questioned and non-accepted by many people. That is
why it was necessary to remind the basic issues of matrimony which are love and life, and
for believers it is a sacrament, and also fundamental meanings of clerical celibacy, namely
Christological, ecclesiological and eschatological aspects. Further analyses showed in
what way marriage and family life constitutes a base and support for clerical celibacy.
It is married couples and families who show, by their lives, the priests – celibates what
deep love-agape and responsible care for life are. The last part of the article displays that
clerical celibacy has essential influence on spiritual and moral lives of married couples
and families, it mainly happens by showing spouses and families the person of Jesus
Christ, by deeper understanding of Church community and by reminding of bringing men
to eternal life.