when you were young maybe you missed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the part about the priests being celibate.
1579 All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of permanent deacons, are normally chosen from among men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate “for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.”70 Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to “the affairs of the Lord,”71 they give themselves entirely to God and to men. Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Church’s minister is consecrated; accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God.72
sooooooo.. you may actually be protestant if you really believe that, maybe you will fit in better with the Episcopalians.
Married men seeking ordination to the Priesthood have 21 Churches in the Eastern Rites to choose from.
And yet there are more than a few men in this country (and elsewhere,I suspect) today who are officially recognized as Roman Catholic priests...priests who vow obedience to Rome...and who are married.But the funny thing is that most of them were once Anglicans and felt they didn't fit in so perhaps you're incorrect regarding where I might or might not feel most comfortable.
I'm curious about one thing...do recognize the "validity" of the ordination of the two men mentioned in this piece? As my previous post suggests I do.
The citation from the CCC you site clearly states “normally chosen from among men of faith who live a celibate life”. Notice the word “normally” There is nothing wrong with thinking a married priesthood should be the norm for priests who minister in parishes. However, one should not challenge the authority of the Pope and the Bishops and get involve in protests and dissident movements to make ones feelings known.
Holding an opinion, as long as it does not result in dissident actions and schismatic activities [think LCWR nuns and groups like Call to Action] does not make one an unfaithful Catholic.
Catholics of the Latin Rite need to learn to be more charitable and careful with statements regarding the married priesthood as the sui juris Eastern Catholic Churches have married priests as do the Eastern Orthodox, which the same CCC says have all of the valid 7 sacraments/Divine Mysteries and thus a valid sacerdotal priesthood.
And for the record, I am a Catholic of the Roman/Latin Rite.