I think an argument to be made against Occidental priests getting married is that if they do, the whole issue against any form of artificial birth control might very well suffer a serious blow. John, if you read this, maybe you can tell us how this is handled in the Oriental Churches.
What blow would that be, James? The argument against artificial birth control is the damage it does to the marriage by dividing the unitive and procreative purpose of marriage, and dimishing the relationship from the support each bring to each other and the flourishing it provides to what can the woman, who has to take the pill, give to "satisfy" the man.
I would think that a married man who is faithful and is ordained on that understanding (they do check the guy's family life, you know) makes a good witness to both the blessings of married life as well as the fruits of overcoming the struggles of it.
Hi Steven et alia,
I'm sorry, I probably expressed myself wrong. I'm not sure going at it one more time will make things better, but I'll give it a try. If parishioners somehow detect that the wives of priests are using artificial birth control, then I suspect that a lot of them will say, "If he doesn't practice what he preaches, then why should we follow along?"
On a totally unrelated note, Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone else here :-)