One frequently asked question about the vocation of consecrated virginity is whether or not a consecrated virgin must be a “real” virgin.
That is, in order to receive the Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity, must one be a virgin in the literal sense of the term (i.e., one who has never freely and knowingly engaged in sexual relations), as opposed to simply feeling capable of adopting a “virginal” spirituality? Can a “second-chance virgin” or a “renewed virgin” become consecrated under canon 604? Or is the vocation of consecrated virginity really restricted to those who have never made even a single “bad decision?”
The short answer to this question is “yes,” an aspiring consecrated virgin should truly be virginal. However, since such a short, blunt statement can sometimes raise more problems than it solves, I’ll try to explain it in fuller and more nuanced way…
Donnerstag, 27. Januar 2011
Eine gut lesbare Abhandung zur Frage des Charismas der Jungfräulichkeit (The Charism of Virginity) hier bei der amerikanischen Mitschwester Sponsa Christi: