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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 whether friars are allowed to have sex?

Winston

  { 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.

  • A friar does apostolic work in the world, like preaching and feeding the hungry. 
    See http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06280b.htm for more on friar.

Eric

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