Are married Catholic priests (in the Eastern Rite, and in cases where a married Protestant minister is ordained a Catholic priest) allowed to have sex with their wives while still performing priestly functions daily including saying Mass?
Ordinarily, Latin Rite priests who practice lifelong celibacy are committed to staying continent - that is, not engaging in sexual activity at all, in or out of marriage. This is explained by saying that priests in the ancient Israel could not have sex with their wives during the time of year that they served in the temple. Since Catholic priests say Mass daily, they have to remain continent even if they are married.
Is continence expected of married Catholic priests if they celebrate the Eucharist every day? If not, does that mean that the explanation referring to the Temple in Ancient Israel is not valid with reference to Catholic priests? If this example from Ancient Israel is used to explain why clerical celibacy (and continence) is the norm in the Latin Rite, why should it not also apply to those priests who are married in any rite?