As is pretty typical when it comes to certain topics circulating within Catholic media, I am late to the party, again.
A couple of weeks ago, Pope Francis began investigating whether to allow married men to become priests within the Roman Rite. Yes, I know, the Eastern Rites allow for their priests to be married, but we are discussing the matter of whether the Roman Rite should allow this or not.
There is an excellent homily given by a priest that can be listened to on YouTube, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium. You can play it below:
I want to emphasize a warning given by St. Bridget of Sweden that is quoted within this talk.
“But now I shall tell you God’s will in this matter……
Know this too: that if some pope concedes to priests a license to contract carnal marriage, God will condemn him to a sentence as great, in a spiritual way, as that which the law justly inflicts in a corporeal way on a man who has transgressed so gravely that he must have his eyes gouged out, his tongue and lips, nose and ears cut off, his hands and feet amputated, all his body’s blood spilled out to grow completely cold, and finally, his whole bloodless corpse cast out to be devoured by dogs and other wild beasts. Similar things would truly happen in a spiritual way to that pope who were to go against the aforementioned preordinance and will of God and concede to priests such a license to contract marriage.
For that same pope would be totally deprived by God of his spiritual sight and hearing, and of his spiritual words and deeds. All his spiritual wisdom would grow completely cold; and finally, after his death, his soul would be cast out to be tortured eternally in hell so that there it might become the food of demons everlastingly and without end. Yes, even if Saint Gregory the Pope had made this statute, in the aforesaid sentence he would never have obtained mercy from God if he had not humbly revoked his statute before his death.”
Allowing married men to become priests, or allowing priests to get married will not aid in eliminating the priest shortage. It will not reduce the abuse scandals either.
What will reduce the sexual abuse is when the Catholic Church kicks out all men who exhibit homosexual behavior from the seminary and the priesthood. Additionally, when the modern Catholic church stops being so effeminate and returns to its masculine roots, then you will see more men who are willing to sacrifice having a family of their own and are willing to lay their lives down for Christ and His Church.