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