I may also note that by committing one's life to celibacy the inheritance of many were gobbled up by the Catholic Church. So the religious aspect may have been a mere pretence for the m ore practical wealth accumulation. In other cases, having a family member as a priest gave families access to favors from the church, access to education for other family members, funerary rights (discounted), legal help etc...I think someone may have already mentioned this but I just read the following, and we need to consider that Catholicism was everywhere, and plentiful Also Catholic Church is implicated in a lot of nefarious things having to do with children right now. Not to forget secret/luciferarian cults which have also infiltrated non-Catholic churches. It’s just today it’s dealt with differently. Back then perhaps they were just getting rid of the evidence.
Revelation 17:5. The Rev. M. H. Seymour shows that in 1836 the whole number of births in Rome was 4373, while of these no fewer than 3160 were foundlings! What enormous profligacy does this reveal!--"Moral Results of the Romish System," in Evenings with Romanists.
Out of a thousand facts of a similar kind, let one only be adduced, vouched for by the distinguished Roman Catholic historian De Thou. When Pope Paul V meditated the suppression of the licensed brothels in the "Holy City," the Roman Senate petitioned against his carrying his design into effect, on the ground that the existence of such places was the only means of hindering the priests from seducing their wives and daughters!!
It’s not only Catholics but other monks. It seems institutional celibacy breeds evil, in general, as has long been known. This made for lots of foundlings.
Now, while Semiramis, the real original of the Chaldean Queen of Heaven, to whom the "unbloody sacrifice" of the mass was first offered, was in her own person, as we have already seen, the very paragon of impurity, she at the same time affected the greatest favour for that kind of sanctity which looks down with contempt on God's holy ordinance of marriage. The Mysteries over which she presided were scenes of the rankest pollution; and yet the higher orders of the priesthood were bound to a life of celibacy, as a life of peculiar and pre-eminent holiness. Strange though it may seem, yet the voice of antiquity assigns to that abandoned queen the invention of clerical celibacy, and that in the most stringent form. In some countries, as in Egypt, human nature asserted its rights, and though the general system of Babylon was retained, the yoke of celibacy was abolished, and the priesthood were permitted to marry. But every scholar knows that when the worship of Cybele, the Babylonian goddess, was introduced into Pagan Rome, it was introduced in its primitive form, with its celibate clergy. When the Pope appropriated to himself so much that was peculiar to the worship of that goddess, from the very same source, also, he introduced into the priesthood under his authority the binding obligation of celibacy. The introduction of such a principle into the Christian Church had been distinctly predicted as one grand mark of the apostacy, when men should "depart from the faith, and speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron, should forbid to marry." The effects of its introduction were most disastrous. The records of all nations where priestly celibacy has been introduced have proved that, instead of ministering to the purity of those condemned to it, it has only plunged them in the deepest pollution. The history of Thibet, and China, and Japan, where the Babylonian institute of priestly celibacy has prevailed from time immemorial, bears testimony to the abominations that have flowed from it. The excesses committed by the celibate priests of Bacchus in Pagan Rome in their secret Mysteries, were such that the Senate felt called upon to expel them from the bounds of the Roman republic. In Papal Rome the same abominations have flowed from priestly celibacy, in connection with the corrupt and corrupting system of the confessional, insomuch that all men who have examined the subject have been compelled to admire the amazing significance of the name divinely bestowed on it, both in a literal and figurative sense, "Babylon the Great, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." *
The Two Babylons
We (humanity) like simple answers, as we discoved here on SH, simple answers are far and few between.
Back to the subject of the post, yes forbidden to marry priests + young beautiful women = lots of bastard children; hence more "orphans".
Like to see some historical references for this explanation of orlhans and I might add that perhaps access is more important than being forbidden to marry, are there not cases of married religious men (mostly men) having affairs? what I mean is that people having intimate knowledge of a comm unity in a profession generally trusted, may grow emotional ties to married people. Then there are also the predatory class of persons we hear of in modern times.
Again, this is speculation we are dealing with. Somewhere there are documents, and people i n some cases were making good money at the orphan racket. Need documentation to tie up loose ends and answer informed questions.