What if God inspired Pope Francis like this: “Pope Francis, while sitting and reflecting on the Wedding at Cana, fell into a trance. In his trance, a large sheet unfurled from heaven like a large drive-in movie screen. On the movie screen were images of all of the patriarchs and of all of the prophets and of all of the apostles who had married, and even of the Holy Family, of faithful Joseph who had married a woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary who was pregnant with Child, presumably out of wedlock, and then an image of all of the multitude of priests and religious who had failed in their commitments to celibacy – too many who had gone to hell or who were still in purgatory, and the multitude of the myriad thousands who had also been led into hell and into the deepest recesses of purgatory by the immoral examples of some priests and religious over the last 20 centuries. And then the Voice said:
‘Francis, betroth and marry!’
And then Pope Francis said,
‘No, Lord, I could never do that nor ask my priests to feel free to do so! The marital act would bring uncleanness upon my priests and defile your sanctuary and turn our priests toward their wives and families instead of setting their hearts on the Bride, the Church!’
And then the Voice spoke these words:
‘Do not call unclean what I, the Lord! the Lord! the Lord! have made clean! Too many have been lost by the unfaithfulness of some of my priests! Betroth and marry, and raise children, and by your good example, make my Bride ready, and then lead my Bride along the safe Way to My Wedding Feast!’
What if he saw this image and heard these words 3 times, and then pronounced a new discipline of a marital option for priests?
This image is not far off from the scene from the Acts of the Apostles where God declared pork to be clean:
The Vision of Peter [Acts, 10:9-16, NAB Holy Bible]
The next day, while they were on their way and nearing the city, Peter went up to the roof terrace to pray at about noontime.
He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance.
He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners.
In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky.
A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.”
But Peter said, “Certainly not, sir. For never have I eaten anything profane and unclean.”
The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.”
This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into the sky.