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Priests and Celibacy

Except in rare circumstances, married Catholics cannot also become priests. It's important to note that this is a discipline, not a doctrine, which means it can be changed in the future. Nonetheless, there are many objections to it - that it's not in the Bible, or that changing it would result in more priests.

Celibacy is indeed mentioned in the Bible. Both Jesus (Mt 19:10-12) and Paul (1 Cor 7:24-35) say that it has its advantages, but is not for everyone. Celibacy allows priests to focus solely on God - the need to take care of a family would hinder the priest's ability to handle his other duties, and the extra salary money needed to raise the family could be a burden on the parish.

  • Doctrines of Demons - Are celibacy and fasting really "doctrines of demons"? By Jimmy Akin (catholic.com)
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