This is the definitive scholarly statement on the discipline of priestly celibacy in the Church East and West. What Cochini shows through patristic sources and conciliar documentation is that from the beginning of the Church, although married men could be priests, they were required to vow to celibacy before ordination, meaning they intended to live a life of continence. He provides extensive documentation, a bibliography and an index.
"This work is of the first importance. It is the result of serious and extensive research. There is nothing even remotely comparable to this work in this whole century."
-- Henri Cardinal de Lubac