Globally the church doesn't have a shortage of priests. It's only in
the west, among nations who have a low birth rate. Vocations aren't
encouraged by parents who have few children and many options for professions.
Deacons are ordained married. They can not remarry after their ordination if
their spouse dies, but they can be ordained married. You do not see bulging
numbers of men becoming deacons. They can do most things a priest can, marry
people for instance. The reason for he church to require celibacy
was due to the people. Church lands and money were needed to raise families and
be inheritance for children. Further family dynamics were involved in chosing
who would lead religious congregations like convents. The people didn't
tolerate it so the rules changed, I can't impinge the parish wanting to
support a priest and wife and children and provide housing for a family. The
demands of a catholic priest are worse than a doctor. There can be no outside
employment. You are dealing with 600-1,600 families in a parish. Daily mass.
Last rites at any hour of the day and night.
Will be very interesting if Pope Francis changes the Catholic position on