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In order to become a nun, do you have to be a virgin?

I just saw one of the answers in one of the no sex questions...and now I'm curious of whether they have to be pure or not.


Asked by starbucks81 at 6:56 PM on Nov. 18, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Not at all. In fact women with children can become a nun if they're unmarried/widowed and the children are fully grown and can take care of themselves. She will have to take a vow of chasity as part of her vows to be a nun.

    Answer by eringobrough at 7:33 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • No, you don't. You will have to take a vow of chastity after you join, but you don't have to be one when you enter.

    Answer by Anouck at 6:57 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • i don't think they need to be virgins. on one of my favorite medical shows, there was a nun who was dying from an allergy to a copper cross IUD or whatever birth control is inserted in there shaped like a cross that she forgot about over 10 years previous or something like that. if nuns had to be virgins, i think the show would have gotten some lip about it, but i haven't heard anything. but then again, that was just fiction.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:06 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • My Aunt Sister first became a nun back in the mid 50s...then she left in the mid 60s after Vatican II (for a variety of reasons). She got married and had 3 daughters. About 12 or so yrs ago, her husband died. All 3 daughters are grown, and married with kids of their own. And she has become a nun again (different order)!

    Also it was common back in the middle-ages for widows to join the convent. Some tellings of the King Arthur legend have is mother Igraine becoming the Prioress of Glastonburry.

    Answer by MamaK88 at 10:57 PM on Nov. 18, 2009