I could offer my own opinions, but they would be meaningless. If my words are to have any authority outside myself, it must be because they echo what God alone says in His Word, the Bible, and not because of what I or any other men say. So what does the Bible say?
As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:2, it is perfectly alright for men to go without touching women, but as he goes on to say, “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” He goes on in verse 28 to say, “if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned.” Why then, anyone should say marriage is wrong for anyone when the Holy Spirit through Paul clearly said to marry is not a sin, is beyond me.
As Proverbs 18:22 says, “whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” In fact, the Scripture prophesied that “in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
Those forbidding marriage to priests are actually exhibiting a key trait the Bible said would be a giveaway for those departing from the faith, who follow “doctrines of devils”, and who are “speaking lies in hypocrisy.” I personally find it odd that the Catholic Church lays restrictions on marriage by its priests, even though the Apostle it most honors was himself married. This is evident from the Scripture itself, since in Matthew 8:14 it is said “when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.”
As if there could be any doubt, it goes on to name the husband of this wife as Simon in Luke 4:38-39. In Mark 1:29-30 it is even more specific, saying the house is that of “Simon and Andrew”, and since Andrew is the name of Simon Peter’s brother, the case becomes even stronger. But the Scripture seems determined to leave nothing to doubt, for in 1 Corinthians 9:5 Paul asks believers, don’t the apostles have the power to have wives, and then specifically names Peter alone, but rather than calling him Peter, calls him by the name of Cephas, the name Jesus gave to Peter alone!
Furthermore, the two positions of church authority the New Testament mentions, bishop and deacon, are both said to have the same requirement of being “the husband of one wife.” (1 Timothy 3) The case for marriage being permissible for those in positions of authority for churches is so clear that it amazes me anyone could believe otherwise.