The law of celibacy has no doctrinal bearing in the
Church--it is a mere disciplinary law.
Even today, there
are married Catholic priests in the
States. Each is a former Episcopalian priest who
Catholic Church. There are Uniate Churches, churches
union with Rome, e.g., the Greek Byzantine Church,
have a married clergy.
Priestly celibacy became law in the Roman Church in the
It must be noted that neither verse requires nor
marriage to those in holy orders; they simply
reflect the state of
those in orders in the apostolic Church. It offers no mandate
nor counsel for the universal Church either then or now.
It was the state of the early Church and available