(Anti-Pope) Francis and his predecessor (Anti-Pope) Benedict XVI have both stated that celibacy is not a matter of inflexible church dogma unlike (sic), and could be debated.
The above quote like the above mentioned Anti-Popes is false and not rooted in fact. First of all, while we all deserve this time of punishment delivered to us by God even through wretched vessels like Anti-Pope Francis and Anti-Pope Benedict XVI for the many egregious sins we have committed, the Most Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church, does not deserve to have her most good name dragged through the mud by these Apostate priests.
First of all for the above to say that Anti-Pope Francis has the right to change the celibacy law because “it isn’t a matter of inflexible dogma” (as if there’s any other kind of dogma) is false. Anti-Pope Francis has never once shown any desire to keep Catholic dogma in the first place, so why should this excuse be made for him. The pretense that this Anti Pope actually cares about Catholic Dogma and Tradition by the mainstream media (God forbid!) is laughable but also very telling. That the Devil is using his media minions to defend this (Anti) Pope, should tell anyone with an ounce of good will, that Francis isn’t the least bit Catholic.
Which brings me to my second point. Even if Francis was the Pope and truly Catholic (he’s not), he wouldn’t have the power to change this law anyway, and he’d fall out of the Church (and therefore the Papacy) the minute he expressed any desire to do so or expressed any belief in it. The celibacy law, was established by Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, as evidenced by His Most Holy Person, never having broken His celibacy throughout His Most Holy life and ministry. His most beloved Apostle, though not the Chief, was the one who was a virgin, St. John. He too, never broke his vow of celibacy for as long as he lived.
As for the other Apostles, though they were married before they became priests, they practiced celibacy during their 3 year ministry with Our Lord. As soon as their Apostolic Ministry began, before the institution of the priesthood, they were already celibate and that’s easily proven by what’s written in the Holy Gospels. For didn’t St. Peter, married though he was, tell the Lord that “We have given up all to follow Thee”? And if a married man says he has given up all, does that not include carnal knowledge of his wife also? If even a married man who became a priest, even the greatest of the Apostles, had to become chaste, how is it now “permitted”?
In the grand scheme of things, none of the above matters. Married men may be permitted to become priests as the Apostles were. But a priest could never become married. The vow a priest takes, places an impediment on him, preventing him from marriage for life. There are many impediments in this life. Like the one the Catholic Church recognises, which prevents parents from ever being married to their child. They may say the words, but God does not recognise the act and therefore neither does His Church. A priest therefore, defrocked or not, can say the words with a woman (ordinarily a valid person for a man to marry) but the impediment nullifies the act and the marriage.
In a similar way a man can never be married to another man and a woman can never be married to another woman, so a priest can never be married to anyone but the Church.