Sarah E. Lichtefeld
Professor Terri Perez
5 April 2015
The practice of celibacy is often thought to be sacred and coupled with religious practices, beliefs, culture and society to be full of people that are regarded as heroic and self-less, and trustworthy. Celibacy is a practice of being free from all sexual activity that a person personally chooses to do. “Voluntary sacrifice of all sexual pleasure is an extreme form of religious asceticism (Sipe, 545).” Celibacy takes a great deal of self-control and self-mastery in order to completely achieve this goal. Sipe stated the basic elements of celibacy in his Celibacy Today article, stating that you must “record developmental patterns…” and “celibacy is ...process of internalizing and actualizing from intention to achievement (Sipe, 546).” He also states within the elements that “self-revelation is never simple.” Many religions think of sex as sin, but will however forgive you if you have sex before marriage. Just like Sipe states on page 549 within Celibacy Today, “According to Catholic teaching masturbation, contraception, and homosexual acts are among the most “inherent evil” acts among the multiple choices a person can make.” He does state that the theologians pose that within pastoral practices there is always room for understanding and forgiveness though, “as well as authoritative judgments on human sexuality.” In Ghandi’s autobiography he ended up devoting two chapters just to explaining all about how he discovered his dedication to the process of celibacy and his recounting sexual development and celibate failures. There are even religious people that are held high that give in to personal pleasure and then change their ways, get back on the right track and start over again. Sometime people think that if they turn to practicing celibacy that they will be looked at with being more trustworthy, respectful, obedient, and more allegiant to their faith. It is very hard now days to actually...
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