Why do some eastern churches mandate celibacy for their bishops? It is a reasonable question to ask since Believers Eastern Church adheres to the eastern ‘lineage of the Church’, and in most of these churches, bishops are required to be celibate (that is, they don’t marry). Another question is regarding the official ceremonial outfit that bishops wear, specifically the skull cap or masanapsa. Is it connected to this mandate of celibacy? What does the Bible say about bishops’ celibacy? Is there a holy tradition of the Church to support this view? These questions and more are discussed in this booklet.
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