I wonder about this aspect as well. I hear people grumble about the Church always asking for more money, and yet they want married priests? I realize there are exceptions, and I know there are terrific married priests, but I’m not sure about the prudence of it being a norm, at least not here in America. St. Paul seemed pretty positive about the benefits of celibacy. It also makes sense that if the priest is in persona Christi, then celibacy is a powerful witness to that.
It poses an interesting discussion cast in the light of our contraceptive culture though. I read an article written by a Lutheran about ministry and contraception. He posited that part of the wide-spread acceptance of contraception within Protestantism is due to the married pastor and demanding family ethic of being a model family. It’s more difficult to be open to and father a lot of children, while being the father of your larger family in your church. (If anyone is interested in it, I’ll provide the link. It’s a very interesting read.) I also think the priestly duties of being available for sacraments is a bit different from some of the Evangelical pastor experience, but that may just be my ignorance speaking.
On the other hand, married priests might be a powerful witness to the goodness of family life, which is very needed. I’m hesitant though. My dad is retired military, so we certainly learned to sacrifice and learned a great deal. I still think it’s different from priestly ministry though. Just more to think about.