I think it's pretty clear that significant numbers of men who simply aren't interested in women have become priests because celibacy gives them an excuse not to marry.
I don't feel that loosening the celibacy requirement for secular priests would necessarily be a bad thing. The stipulation that priests be unmarried is not part of divine law, nor would it be unprecedented to change the rule. Married men--primarily in the Eastern churches but sometimes even in the Latin church--have been legally ordained to the presbyterate. I don't see why the pope shouldn't allow already married men to be ordained more frequently in the Latin church.
I completely disagree. First, we must ask the question what kind of celibacy would be lifted? Would this include homosexual relationships? That's a serious question. How about girlfriends and the dating scene as young women might be looking for a priest to marry? That would make for interesting gossip around the vestibule, now wouldn't it?
And I do not think homosexuals went into the priesthood to have an excuse to not marry. That is a patently absurd myth. It is possible that there was a conspiracy of sorts to infiltrate the Church. I don't know, ask Bella Dodd about the Communist infiltration. But, more likely, I think what happened were truly serious Catholics, who had homosexual attractions or even committed acts, went to Confession and started to get recruited. But, I think most homosexuals would meet up in Bug House Square or the other cruising locations. And I've also known many a confirmed bachelor in my day. So this seems to much a stretch for me. This idea that they went in to the priesthood to avoid marriage.
The other problem is that priests are extremely busy and they are supposed to be caring for their flocks. A family would get in the way of that. Also, who is going to support all these extra mouths. No the answer is Tradition and priests living in community in a very holy and manly way. A married clergy would be way too Protestant for me.
Oh and one last point. Who do you think would be first in line for this arrangement? Why it would be the ex-Protestant Pastors who you see featured on EWTN's The Journey Home. Spare me Scott Hahn types as priests. Or even worse, people like Roy Schonmen. This would be a disaster.