When Anglican churches began to disagree with the direction that church was going, JPII "said that Protestant clergymen who became Catholic priests could stay married to their wives."
"...Concerning married Episcopalian clergy becoming Catholic priests, 'the Holy See has specified that this exception to the rule of celibacy is granted in favor of these individual persons'... If the married former Episcopalian minister were ordained as a Catholic deacon and then priest, he would be exempt by a special favor from the Holy Father of making the promise of celibacy; however, if he later became a widower, then he would be bound to a celibate lifestyle and could not remarry."
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And of course, before the First Latern Council of 1123 (Canon 3) forbid priests to marry, there were, in fact, Roman Catholic priests leading congregations who had wives and children.
Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee, said on July 26, 2008, "Pope Paul VI states that celibacy 'is not, of course, required by the nature of the priesthood itself. This is clear from the practice of the early church and the traditions of the Eastern rite churches.'"
I belong to a small church with one priest serving as pastor and retired priests visit to preside over masses, confessions, etc. We have lost two priests/pastors who left to get married. With the shortage of men entering seminaries all over the world, the priesthood would be more inviting if Catholic married men were permitted to be ordained.