St. Peter, “The Rock of the Church” and Jesus’ handpicked successor on Earth was a married man. Most of the Apostles were also married. Pope Adrian II was one of many Popes to have been married. Prior to his reign there were many Popes, bishops, and priests who were married. In fact, at the time of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea priests had wives. The Council produced “the Creed” we recite in Mass and also produced guidelines where priests and bishops were not to seek sexual contact with their wives and the wives not to seek sexual contact with their priest husbands. As married priests died their property and wealth went not to the Church, but to the male heirs of the priests-a common practice. So, in 1018 Pope Benedict VII outlawed descendants of priests from inheritance of property. As time passed and wealth flowed a faction within the church decided to proclaim that celibacy was apostolic in origin. The Council of Trent in 1563 officially adopted celibacy for priests and it has remained unchanged since.
As a Catholic, I believe that priests are human first and vehicles of Christ second. Like we all are. Their vocation however is to serve humanity and promote the Word throughout Earth. For a priest to sacrifice a piece of their humanity-the human need for companionship and love is not what Christ desired for his church nor his apostles. The celibacy rules were created for economic wealth not for creation of spiritual wealth. Therefore personally I am against celibate priests. I applaud the women who have come out of the shadows.