Since most Catholics know little about the private lives of their priests, some buy the argument that celibacy makes for greater dedication to the apostolate. An article in the August 21, 2001, issue of the Jesuit magazine, AMERICA, gives the other side of the story, “Home Alone in the Priesthood”.
The author was supervisor of 250 Marine Corps chaplains. While 20% of chaplains were Catholic priests, they accounted for about 50% of discipline cases. Protestant chaplains who were married with children had less temptation. The military knew this and viewed marriage as a plus.
Spiritual care of large numbers of faithful is stressful. Without psychological support, alcohol, drugs and sex can be escapes from loneliness. That is why God said in Genesis, “It is not good for man to be alone.”