As its subtitle suggests, Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests tells the story of the little-known phenomenon of married priests in the Catholic Church. Contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church’s prohibition against married priests is neither universal nor absolute. Although celibacy has long been the tradition—and later the rule—for priests in the Latin Rite, and the Western Catholic Church, the ancient practice of ordaining married men in the priesthood has continued in the various rites of the Eastern Catholic Churches, albeit with some restrictions. Even within the Latin Rite, the Catholic Church has sometimes allowed exceptions to the rule that only unmarried men can be admitted to the priesthood. These rare exceptions have almost always been for married...

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