Emperor Constantine Repeals Law Punishing Celibacy

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Emperor Constantine the Great issues a decree to repeal all earlier laws that punished celibacy and childlessness. This is done for the protection and benefit of celibate Christian clerics, even though celibacy isn't a requirement for the clergy in Christianity.

According to Constantine:

"Those who were considered celibates under the ancient law shall be freed from the threats of punishment and may live like married men who are supported by the bonds of matrimony. All will enjoy equal status; none will be harmed by the prejudices attached to the label of childless.

The same will be true for women and We release them from any legal compulsions imposed upon them.

This benefit must not be abused by husbands and wives; between them the ancient authority of the law will remain in force." [CTh 8.16.1]
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