[quote="bben15, post:15, topic:335292"]
Well, think about this: If a priest was married, he would be so worried about his wife and children that he would barely have any time to focus on his parish duties. If you enforce celibacy, the priest can dedicate his entire life to Christ, not only part of it. :thumbsup:
Doesn't work that way in practice.
My father is a (retired) Roman Church Deacon. When he was ordained, his time at the church amounted to an extra half-time job above his day job. At no point was it a problem of family preventing service to the church. (The biggest problem was people's change in attitude towards me.) But prior to the Deacon program, Dad was already spending 20 hours a week at the church....
Married priests generally will not have day jobs separate from the parish. The children will be able to be around, as the rectories are generally on the parish grounds, so, if a parental action is needed, they are likely to be present.
Does it change the priest-parish relationship? Yes, but not much. So does having a priest in a wheelchair, or a priest with a major health issue.