Patrick Prescott probably will decry this as untrue. But I believed it.
According to Larry Gonick, he mentioned that in 1070, Pope Gregory VI ordered that all priests must be celibate -- all of their wives, girlfriends and significant others -- be severed immediately.
Why? The Catholic Church claimed that it is set a "higher" example of "self-control, self-denial, even self-mortification".
The truth is that the Pope does not like the idea that his priest who is married tends to leave his parish to the next son, not to the Church -- the Catholic Church wanted the total control of the property.
Simply as that.
I say, go back to 1070 and rescind the ban on the priests' rights to marry.
It is not "holy" as many would like it to think.