Intended for healthcare professionals

Observations On the Contrary

Catholic priests: it is better to marry than to burn (and beat up)

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 27 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2142

Religious Vows

Although noble in intent, religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience are
nonetheless draconian and difficult, if not impossible, to keep. So it should
come as no surprise that many votaries unwillingly succumb to destructive
behavior. Prospective votaries should carefully consider the superhuman effort
it will take to honor their vows. And religious institutions should alleviate the
extreme burdens placed on votaries, who wish to serve humanity and deserve
to be treated humanely.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 June 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA