Someone on a thread on this forum asked if it isn’t wrong to only have celibate priests? Personally I think there are good reasons for why the clergy should be celibate and unmarried, but I think it is a valid question. Since it is God who calls you to the priesthood and not something you decide for yourself, isn’t it wrong to require a man who wants to become a priest to be unmarried? God doesn’t seem to think that they have to be unmarried, it is not dogma or anything after all, it is only a tradition here in the Western Church, and not capital T tradition, if it was then the eastern rites would have to require a priest to be unmarried as well.
By the way, if a priest is married do they still have to be celibate? I think I have heard someone claim that is the case but it is possible that I remember wrong, or perhaps I don’t but the one who said it was wrong, or perhaps they were right.
Only in theory, but if someone would become a priest not because they think God calls them to the priesthood but just because they want to become a priest for some other reason. For example, earlier in history when the priesthood was the best way of getting a good education someone becomes a priest because of that reason, is a confession to a priest like that valid? Are they real priests at all? What if one of them becomes a bishop etc.
About the ordination of women, this is something (along with the view on homosexuality etc) I have some problems to understand. I don’t say that the Church is wrong when they say that we can’t accept women in the priesthood, I can see why they say that, what I don’t understand is why God is against it. But I am only a human and as all humans I am imperfect and can’t understand everything, the only thing I can do is to expect that God has a good reason for this and hope that I one day will be able to understand it. This should be an acceptable view according to the Church right?