The Catholic teaching is that priests must remain celibate (unmarried).
o Catechism 1579: “All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of permanent deacons, are normally chosen from men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate “for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.” Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to the “affairs of the Lord,” 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.”
o This man-made tradition started in 1079 AD when celibacy was first enforced for priests and bishops by Pope Gregory VII. Before this time they were permitted to marry. I Timothy 3:2 says that leaders in the church must be married and I Timothy 4:3 tells us that the Holy Spirit warns us that it is a doctrine of demons to “forbid to marry.” Matthew 8:14 tells us that Peter was married (and Catholic
teaching says the church was built on Peter).