This was a train of thought that went through my mind and I am just going to put it out here for contemplation:
There are people who think that men with “issues” (i.e., conflicted emotions, sexual identity questions, or even perversions) enter the seminary to escape having to deal with their problems and then end up abusing minors or having affairs or whatever. And there may be some truth to this.:shrug:
But then some go further to suggest that if priestly celibacy was no longer obligatory, this problem would not happen, or would be less likely to happen.
I say, if the fellow has issues, he will likely take them out on his own or neighbor children, or cheat on his wife, regardless.
Finally, the train of thought led to this question: **What sane woman would be willing to marry a guy with such issues? **I mean, to do so knowingly, I wouldn’t think there’d be any. A woman with her own issues, say, codependency, might unwittingly do so.
Therefore, I am mainly curious about women who think priests should be allowed to marry if their reasoning is based on the arguments laid out above. If they themselves wouldn’t want such a man for a husband, don’t they prove the fallacy of that line of reasoning?