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How do I answer the charge that letting priest marry would prevent scandals like the recent ones?

Question:

Karl Keating has used 1 Corinthians 7 to explain how Paul felt about priests needing to be unmarried. But this statement bothered me: &quot;If they cannot exercise self-control they should marry, for it is better to marry than to be on fire&quot; (verse 9). Given this, how should I handle questions like, &quot;Wouldn&#039;t Catholics have fewer priest committing adultery and—worse—molestation, if they were allowed to marry&quot;?<br />

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