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Elizabeth Abbott. A History of Celibacy: Experiments Through the Ages. Da Capo Press. 2001. 496pp.

Sally Cline. Women, Celibacy and Passion. Deutsch. 1993. 280pp.

Michael Frassetto (editor). Medieval Purity and Piety: Essays on Medieval Clerical Celibacy and Religious Reform. Taylor & Francis. 1998. 401pp.

Stefan Heid. Celibacy in the Early Church: The Beginnings of a Discipline of Obligatory Continence for Clerics in East and West. Ignatius Press. 2000. 376pp.

Lisa Isherwood. The Power of Erotic Celibacy: Queering Heteropatriarchy. Continuum International Publishing Group. 2006. 136pp.

Sally Kitch. Chaste Liberation: Celibacy and Female Cultural Status. University of Illinois Press. 1989. 225pp.

Henry C. Lea. History of Sacerdotal Celibacy in the Christian Church. Williams and Norgate. 1907. 3rd Edition.

Carl Olson (editor). Celibacy and Religious Traditions. Oxford University Press. 2007. 336pp.

William E. Phipps. Clerical Celibacy: The Heritage. Continuum International Publishing Group. 2004. 272pp.

A. W. Richard Sipe. A Secret World: Sexuality and the Search for Celibacy. Psychology Press. 1990. 324pp.

A. W. Richard Sipe. Celibacy in Crisis: A Secret World Revisited. Routledge. 2003. 351pp. The Roman Catholic Church, celibacy, and its unfortunate consequences.

A. W. Richard Sipe. The Serpent and the Dove: Celibacy in Literature and Life. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2007. 262pp.

Elisa J. Sobo; Sandra Bell (editor). Celibacy, Culture, and Society: The Anthropology of Sexual Abstinence. University of Wisconsin Press. 2001. 274pp.

Alfons Maria Cardinal Stickler. The Case for Clerical Celibacy: Its Historical Development and Theological Foundations. Ignatius Press. 1995. 106pp.

Gordon Thomas. Desire and Denial: Celibacy and the Church. Little, Brown. 1986. 529pp.

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