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Rudy Giuliani says the vow of celibacy kept him out of the priesthood.

Published June 28, 2007 12:59PM (EDT)

Thrice-married GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on why he's a politician, not a priest: "I wasn't ready to make that commitment. And frankly, [in] the Catholic Church, the vow of celibacy was something I wasn't sure I could keep ... Probably if I had been an Episcopalian or a Methodist or a Lutheran, I probably would have entered the seminary ... if there was an option to have a married priesthood or a married ministry."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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