This is an excerpt from a Protestant website that I stumbled across earlier. Let me preface by saying that, I believe the priesthood to be one of valor, and great dignity. I believe that the RCC decided upon celibacy for reasons, perhaps relating to the fact that Christ Himself led a celibate life, and took no wife of His own. He was also Divine, and “needed” no wife. But, in stumbling across this, I think to some of my own internal questioning when it comes to this topic:
**Why can’t priests marry?
**Why do YOU think this changed after so many year of priests being permitted to marry?
**And, finally, do you feel (personally) that we would be better off as a Church, or worse off as a RCC community, if priests married?
**The Catholic Church didn’t always take a position of celibacy relating to priests–why did this change? (is it remotely along the lines of what the author states from the website I quote below?)
**Disclaimer–please please please do not turn this thread into a pedophile or homosexual analysis, relating to the priesthood. Let’s pretend those two issues don’t exist for the sake of this discussion. I would much rather have a discussion on why the RCC changed its stance on marriage for priests, etc. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation. *
FROM THE SITE:
***A lot of controversy has arisen regarding celibacy in the Catholic church lately, because of pedophile priests and the church is being sued for billions of dollars at this time. Well, why are priests celibate to begin with? In the first ten to twelve centuries of the Church’s history the clergy had wives andkids like everyone else. Then in the 16th century the RCC’s Council of Trent, determined to set themselves apart from the heathenish Lutherans, decided to enforce the celibacy strictures.Before the beginning of the second millennium and of the pontificate of Gregory V11 in particular (1073-85) popes functioned largely as mediators. They did not claim for themselves the title Vicar of Christ. They did marry and have children if they so desired.
When we look into the Christian Greek Scriptures, we find that Peter was a married man, and at least in later years, his wife apparently accompanied him on his missions (or some of them), as did the wives of other of the apostles. (Corinthians 9:5) His mother-in-law lived in his home, one he shared with his brother Andrew. (Mark 3:16) So, there we have it. Peter, the (supposed first Pope) was a married man and this is comingfrom the same scriptures the RCC use to support celibacy.***