Pope St. Pius V
Priestly Celibacy

Fr. Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints. 1928.
The Emperor Maximilian II wrote to Pope Pius IV to desire that priests might be allowed to marry, as a means that might facilitate the return of the modern sectaries to the communion of the church.

The whole sacred college saw the inconveniences of such an abolition of the most holy and ancient canons; but none spoke more vigorously against it than Michael Cardinal Ghisleri, the future Pope Pius V: Though charity will allow all condescension that is possible, here it seemed very unseasonable, on many accounts, to abandon so sacred a spiritual law; and this in favour of men who had shown no disposition towards a reconciliation with the Catholic Church, except she would give up many other points, not only of disciple, but also of her faith and doctrine.
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