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[quote:19phczo7]Whoever wrote about that men would choose to be single so they can completely devout themselves to God had a good point. The problem is that Priests either are explicitly or inexplicitly told not to marry either directly or through traditions in the Catholic Church. And the key word in celibacy is “choice” when there is no choice and someone tells you that you cannot marry.[/quote:19phczo7]
No one is going out and forcing people to become priests. It is a choice.
[quote:19phczo7]The same goes with fasting, fasting is great if on your own choice you decide to fast, but not if a religion tells you it is a sin to eat meat on Fridays.[/quote:19phczo7]
Where does the Church say it is a sin to eat meat on Fridays?
The Church is the pillar and ground of truth, established by Jesus and given to us as a guide and keepsafe. Since the very beginning, the Church has called for fasting in particular.
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13, 2-3).
“And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.” (Acts 14, 23).
Did the Apostles all decide for themselves to fast or do you think they arranged for everyone to fast as a group?
Reference also the Didache, written by the early Church while St. John still lived:
“The teaching of these words is this. Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies: fast for those who persecute you…Do not let your fasts be with the hypocrites. They fast on Monday and Thursday; but you will fast on Wednesday and Friday.”