Are there any catholics or ex-catholics who can shed some light on why the RC church does not allow priests to marry? Is it simply a concern that marriage might be a distraction?
I've always thought it's absolutely crazy to deny men a legitamate outlet for their sexual urges.
Ostensibly, the reason the Catholic Church imposed celibacy on its priests was because they often accumulated considerable wealth, and the church wanted to keep that for itself, rather than see the priest's offspring claim their inheritance.
There is a secondary benefit to the church, whose main agenda is to inculcate guilt in their followers, and having priests abstain from sex helps reinforce the notion that sex is dirty and sinful.
Of course, the downside is that the priesthood winds up attracting a lot of homosexuals. Instead of being limited to a career choice of hairdressing or fashion design, and being the subject of much gossip, one can be a respected member of the community as a priest. One can still have a good time, because the celibacy rule really only applies to heterosexual sex, and gay sex doesn't produce any tell tale babies. If only those choir boys and orphans would stop suing....