|The Sanctifying Function of the Church » The Sacraments » Orders » Those to be ordained » The prerequisites for ordination|
|A candidate for the permanent diaconate who is not married and likewise a candidate for the priesthood, is not to be admitted to the order of diaconate unless he has, in the prescribed rite, publicly before God and the Church undertaken the obligation of celibacy, or unless he has taken perpetual vows in a religious institute.|
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