Peter, whom the Catholics believe was the first pope, was married. (Matt 8:14; John 1:42; 1 Cor 9:5) According to Jewish literature, being married was a prerequisite for being on the Sanhedrin, of which Paul was a member. His wife had either died or left him; the bible doesn't say. The point is, he had to be married to be on the Sanhedrin.
Some think the bible doesn’t apply to them. The legislation that forbids a priest or nun to marry is man-made and contradicts clear biblical teaching on the subject:
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. (1 Tim 4:1-5)
Notice that forbidding marriage falls under the category for “doctrines” or “teachings of demons.” Want to know how Satan operates in the world? Through religion.
God instituted marriage in Genesis, and He said it was “good.” Certain men come along and say, “It’s not good.” God told Adam and Eve that if they ate from a certain tree they would die. The serpent came along and said, “Phooey! You won’t die!” Because men are listening to Satan, all kinds of sexual perversion has run rampant because people are trying to suppress God-given urges out of some misguided sense of religious responsibility. It's totally bogus.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 7:1, “It is good for a man not to marry.” He also said in verse 8, “It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.” But he doesn’t condemn marriage for any certain group. The next sentences qualify what he’s saying:
Since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. (1 Cor 7:2)
If (single people) cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. (1 Cor 7:9)
Paul said it was good not to marry; he didn’t say it was forbidden. The graveyards of aborted fetuses found in early Catholic cemeteries were put there by those seeking to hide their acts. This is what happens when men refuse to follow God’s way. The wave of child molestation cases uncovered in the Catholic church testify to this erroneous teaching and has caused the world to look upon all of Christendom as a religion of liars, hypocrites, and perverts.
This is a
subject for another article, but let me say this: Catholicism is a
cult. They are right up there with Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and
Scientologists. None of the so-called Popes, or bishops were
Christian; they were politicians wearing religious attire and
speaking religious words. They made up their own rules and discounted
the Bible as below the Roman pontiff's interpretations. Because of
their existence, scientists and other academicians have been put to
death throughout much of history. Good men who sought to translate
the Latin Bible into the common tongue were hunted down and executed.
Untold thousands of women were burned as witches by the Catholic
powers. Unimaginable tortures were devised by them to murder anyone
who disagreed. They sent their “emissaries” to foreign continents
with orders from the Pope: “Convert them or kill them—and bring
me their treasures.” Check the historical literature for yourself.
The list of sins by the popes and their cronies is long and horrific. Don't expect to see any of them in heaven.