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Winston Li wrote:

Hi, guys —

I know the different between a monk and a friar. I just saw a movie that showed a friar helping a woman.

When the woman asked the friar how she could repay him, he asked for sex.

It made me wonder, are friars allowed to have sex?


  { Are friars allowed to have sex? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Winston —

No, because he is not married, and sex outside of marriage is forbidden. A friar, like a monk, is a religious, and religious take vows of chastity which prohibit them from engaging in any sexual activity.

  • A monk is a contemplative, meaning his purpose is primarily to pray, usually separated from the world. [For more on monk check out New Advent.]

  • A friar does apostolic work in the world, like preaching and feeding the hungry. 
    [For more on friar check out New Advent.]


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