Augsburg Confession Article XXIII Of the Marriage of Priests

Mandatory public celibacy had begun to be enforced in the Roman church some 400 years before the Lutheran Reformation. To this day, the church of Rome does not typically allow its clergy to be married. Article 23 of the Augsburg Confession examines the Scriptural reasons why ministers can be married, and how now man-made vow can override what God has ordained in His revealed Word, the Holy Scriptures.