Right now, married priests could be damaging to an already damaged Church, a risk not worth taking at the moment.How would married priests be damaging to the RC Church?
It will create divisions within an already divided Church. The SSPX will be forever out of communion, and traditionalists in communion (FSSP, ICRSS, etc) will refuse married priests just as they already do married deacons, of course acknowledging their orders and place in other parts of church to be politically correct. They will be scrutinized by the mainline Church, which they largely already are; this would damage all the headway the Pope has given to traditionalism. Which major groups are calling for married clergy within the Roman Catholic Church? The same ones which are calling for female clergy, gay marriage, open communion, etc. It will only open a larger can of worms, giving them the impression that Rome is heeding their desires. And of course economic reasons, but this is right in line with Roman teaching. If you cannot financially support a marriage and family, then chances are God is not calling you to do so. Likewise, if a Church cannot support many families, then God is probably not calling it to do so.
Notice I said could
be damaging. It doesn't mean it would be, but is not worth the risk.