According to Vatican statistics, between 1975 and 2008 the world's Catholics increased by 64% from 709.6 million to 1.166 billion, but the number of priests increased by only 1% from 404,783 to 409,166. In 2008, nearly 49,631 of the world’s 218,865 parishes did not have a resident priest.
What makes this all extra silly, and extra sad, is that there is no Biblical imperative for priests to stay celibate....The Church’s policy is detrimental to all involved. It’s not just cruel to both persons involved in a budding romantic bond, and unnatural for the priest to abstain from physical intimacy; it also eliminates many candidates for the priesthood, young men who decide that they will not live their personal lives according to a bad idea from the Dark Ages.
Critics say the celibacy requirement was never about theology anyway—it was about consolidating the Church's wealth.
@JamesMartinSJ Wasn't the real reason the church moved to celibacy to stop priests from having legit kids who could claim church property?