Over at byzcath there is a lot of hand wringing over this:
ZENIT:The World Seen From Rome
Married Priests Will Always Be an Exception
ZENIT: Is celibacy a dogma of faith or a discipline?
Father Touze: Neither one nor the other. It isn't a dogma of faith because we see married priests in the Church today such as, for example, some [priests] of the Eastern Catholic Church. Not all but some admit married priests. Or as has been reminded recently in the Holy Father's motu propio "Anglicanorum coetibus," published last Nov. 4: Among the ex-Anglicans who want to return to communion with the Catholic Church, there will be married priests admitted.
ZENIT: With this measure, do you think that one day, celibacy might become voluntary also for priests of the Latin rite?
Father Touze: No, because the Church is understanding more and more the relation between priesthood, episcopate and celibacy. It is something that could be likened to the revelation of a dogma, though it isn't so at this time; one tends increasingly to understand that a practice must be promoted among all priests and also among Eastern Catholic priests which is truly similar to the one lived in the first centuries.
It seems that the Vatican is not satisfied with saying that the Latins went on to bigger and better things. No. Now the claim is that mandated celibacy has been from the beginning and married clergy the innovation. Dogma developing (i.e. doctrinal drift along with historicity and revisionism) right before our eyes.
There's a video here:http://orthocath.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/zenit-clerical-celibacy-to-remain-normative-and-extended-to-the-entire-church/
The Vatican has been promoting this on its website:
"The biblical foundation of priestly celibacy" by Ignace de la Potteriehttp://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cclergy/documents/rc_con_cclergy_doc_01011993_bfoun_en.html
and with an Eastern mouthpiece:
"Priestly celibacy in patristics and in the History of the Church," Roman Cholij, Secretary of the Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainian Catholics
in Great Britainhttp://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cclergy/documents/rc_con_cclergy_doc_01011993_chisto_en.html
The latter in book form:http://books.google.ro/books?id=i8BL3jgDYYcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Roman+Cholij&source=bl&ots=TekHGqg44b&sig=5CLhKiSjjiyY-9Da9J4nbaXngVI&hl=ro&ei=EsiXS-uvN4L4Ne-zrHo&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=&f=false
the former based on Apostolic Origins of Priestly Celibacy By Christian Cochinihttp://books.google.com/books?id=Bc2ovrZ_BZkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=apostolic+origins+of+priestly+celibacy&cd=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false
I'll add Celibacy in the early Church: the beginnings of the discipline of obligatory ... By Stefan Heidhttp://books.google.ro/books?id=Qxy3l0F7mUwC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_v2_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q=&f=false
This banner has been taken up by the ultratraditionalists of the Vatican, the same ones who condemn the Orthodox by extoling their Korban factories a/k/a their annulment tribunals under the pretense of piety:
Curiously enough, abolishing priestly celibacy comes hand-in-hand with destroying the indissolubility of marriage. This is easy to understand since it is based on the idea that chastity is impossible to observe. Thus, not only celibate continence is cast aside but also conjugal chastity and fidelity in marriage. Historically this happened with Eastern Orthodox schismatics, Protestants, Anglicans and others. The total or partial abolition of priestly celibacy either came together with or was preceded by permission to divorce.http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/tfp-recommends-books/tracing-the-glorious-origins-of-priestly-celibacy.html
One response makes a good point on the Vatican's doctrinal drift down this road:
In this regard, it is somewhat inconsistent on the part of Roman Catholicism to have restored a permanent married diaconate that is exempt from a canon cited as an authoritative witness to apostolic tradition.http://www.orthodoxanswers.org/celibacy.asp
They feign distress at "mistranlation, for instance, of I Corinthians 9:5http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/catholic-perspective/the-wiles-and-guiles-of-a-campaign-against-priestly-celibacy.html
I'll add "Paul on marriage and celibacy: the hellenistic background of 1 Corinthians 7" Will Deminghttp://books.google.ro/books?id=u_6a-sMDv6AC&pg=PA96&dq=Potterie+celibacy&cd=4#v=onepage&q=&f=false
They don't show the same concern for mistranslation by the United States Counference of Catholic Bishops when it comes to Matthew19:9 "I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery." http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/matthew/matthew19.htm
I hope that they continue to push this. It may be as fruitfull as it was in the 30's. I'm curious of how the Traditional Anglican Communion will take to it, now that they are throwing their lot in with the Vatican. Not that it means they won't: Fr. Ryland (who is also know for silly things on the Orthodox in "On This Rock") proves that.http://www.holyspiritinteractive.net/columns/guests/rayryland/thegift.asp