>> As far celibacy goes, this is not something that is mandated for priest in scripture at all. <<
Well, actually Paul DOES recommend chastity for those who are capable of controlling their passions and wish to devote their lives to the service of Christ. The Roman Catholic Church's Western (Latin) Patriarchy, in its prudence, decided that it would be best to choose such people for the priesthood. The matter is strictly prudential, and is not doctrine. But it is a prudence which adheres to the advice of St. Paul.
At the same time, the Catholic Church has emphasized that one need not be a priest to demonstarte devotion to God. Men and women who chose parenthood over the "religious life" have been made canonical saints (a recognition that they have placed service God above all else in their lives). But a father must place the needs of those whom God has entrusted to him through parenthood and the sacrament of marriage above the needs of everyone else, and so the Western Church deems it best to select those who have placed parochial ministry above all else.
What IS truly tragic is the notion, which was apparently commonly held among religious Catholic homophiles in America that being a priest is a fall-back position for those who are incapable of marriage.