Does the word celibacy in regards to the priesthood give people the impression that a man has engaged in sex at some point in his life and is then in turn taking a vow to be abstent ?
I also wonder if people be it non Catholics / or Catholics assume that a man who has become a priest has had sex at some point in his life before becoming one or would people be surprised to find out a man is a virgin, and heterosexual and also chose to accept a call to the priesthood… Would that be hard to believe for some people ? An would that been seen as a negative for a man ? I would think society would find it to be a negative though spiritually it would be a gift. Would it be a model example for others I do not know.
Then I am also curious, supposedly at some point when the Holy Father John Paul II was alive I heard that 1/3 of Catholic Priests petitioned the Holy Father to allow priests to marry, now i did not research this so i dont know if it is true or not, but if it is then i am left to wonder why. Why is this even an issue ? Free will is the key, one choses to accept a call to the Priesthood, and one knows the rules that are implace, so what changes ?
Are men thinking that they can go in to this vocation and make changes to it ? An if there ever was a petition, then wouldn’t these men in turn instead of filing a petition maybe should have instead asked to just leave the priesthood ?
Wouldn’t it be better for a man who is a priest who if he has a change of heart for what ever reason down the road in his vocation instead of trying to change things to inturn just leave the vocation, if prayer and discerning over the matter does not change ones heart ?