There are too many aspects of celibacy in the priesthood to discuss in any great depth in this simple question/answer forum.
Three primary points which favour a celibate priesthood are these:
1. A priest is regarded as acting “in persona Christi”, “in the person of Christ”. One expression of this is to be unmarried in the same way that Christ and first disciples were all unmarried.
2. It is a witness to that fact that he believes totally in what he called to do. He is prepared to sacrifice things in this life to point people towards our true calling – our communion with God.
3. Availability; a married man’s first commitment must be to his spouse and family. A celibate man is more freely able to respond to the needs of all people and is able to offer greater flexibility and time to the pastoral and spiritual needs of others.
If you want to research further, click here for a good article Compass Review on Celibacy
There is also an excellent 7 minute video by Bishop Robert Barron to be found on our media resources: Bishop Barron on Priestly Celibacy
It generally takes 6 or 7 years training before someone can be ordained as a priest.
No. The Vigil Mass for Christmas fulfils your obligation for going to Mass on Christmas Day. We are also expected to go to Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent.
Thus, go to one Mass on Saturday night (23 Dec) or Sunday morning (24 Dec) and one Mass on Sunday night (24 Dec) or Monday morning (25 Dec). It’s worth it – after all it is Christ-MASS!
Mark the Harold Angels Sing! lol 🙂 Only joking but it is a good one!
Actually, I like so many of them but especially Away in a Manger sung by the children.