If God COMMANDED us Israelites to DO something, it's theology.
If you follow that COMMAND for 10 centuries, then completely reverse yourself and follow just the opposite, you've changed the theology. The following is the most IMPORTANT theology a priest could possibly have EVER followed:
Leviticus 21:13And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
Leviticus 21:14A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or a harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.
Leviticus 21:15Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him.
This is a COMMANDMENT. As we know, the Catholic Church followed this theology for more than TEN CENTURIES.
Then, without permission from God, it OVERRULED God, changed it's mind, reversed theology, and banned priests from marrying.
It's not a recommendation. It says a priest SHALL take a wife in her virginity, that she SHALL be of his race, that she shall NOT be a harlot--AND THAT SHE SHALL NOT BE A CHALAL [Strong's #2491], which is a non-Israelite. Of course many Catholics, and others, don't know this because of the many "liberties" the KJV took with the Word of God. In the following verse, "chalal" is translated as "slain", so we're supposed to believe that in one verse, "chalal" means "profane", and in another verse it means "slain":
A cursory review of the quixotic manner in which the KJV translated "chalal" [Strong's #2490 and 2491] will prove to your satisfaction that these mistranslations of the Word of God were based on a known and proven agenda--to conceal from us the true meaning of "chalal". Common sense tells us that The Word of God simply would not have the same word for "began" [traslated 34 times] and "profane" [translated 15 times], but that someone or some group or many groups collaborated to misrepresent this word to us.
Of course in Leviticus 21:7 these translators couldn't claim that this word means "slain", because it would mean that a priest could not take a wife who was slain. So to get around this embarassment of believing that, if "chalal" means "slain", then God's Word contains a prohibition against priests marrying dead women, they simply added the meaning "profane". But a review of each of the instances of this word "profane" as it's translated from "chalal" proves that it can also apply to any non-Israelite.
One of the most egregious mistranlations of "chalal" is the following verse where the translators admit that they added "and" and "them" by italicizing them. The effect was to change "chalal" from a noun to a verb:
Lev 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
Num 22:33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.
Num 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat [of] the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.
Num 25:14 Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, [even] that was slain with the Midianitish woman, [was] Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites.
Num 25:15 And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain [was] Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he [was] head over a people, [and] of a chief house in Midian.
Total KJV Occurrences: 143
Gen_4:26, Gen_6:1, Gen_9:20, Gen_10:8, Gen_41:54, Gen_44:12, Num_25:1, Jdg_13:25, Jdg_16:19, Jdg_16:22, Jdg_20:31, Jdg_20:39-40 (2), 1Sa_3:2, 2Ki_10:32, 2Ki_15:37, 1Ch_1:10, 1Ch_27:24, 2Ch_3:1-2 (2), 2Ch_20:22, 2Ch_29:17, 2Ch_29:27 (2), 2Ch_31:7, 2Ch_31:10, 2Ch_31:21, 2Ch_34:3 (2), Ezr_3:6, Ezr_3:8, Neh_4:7, Eze_9:6, Jon_3:4
Lev_18:21, Lev_19:12, Lev_21:3-4 (2), Lev_21:6, Lev_21:9, Lev_21:12, Lev_21:15, Lev_21:23, Lev_22:2, Lev_22:9, Lev_22:15, Lev_22:32, Neh_13:17, Eze_23:39, Eze_24:21, Eze_28:16, Amo_2:7
Lev_19:7-8 (2), Psa_89:39, Isa_43:28, Eze_22:8, Eze_22:26 (2), Eze_23:38, Eze_25:3, Eze_36:20-23 (5), Mal_1:12, Mal_2:11
Exo_20:25, Isa_47:6, Isa_48:11, Jer_34:16, Lam_2:2, Eze_20:9, Eze_20:13-14 (2), Eze_20:16, Eze_20:21-22 (2), Eze_20:24, Zep_3:4
Gen_11:6, Deu_2:24-25 (2), Deu_2:31, Deu_16:9, Jos_3:7, Jdg_10:18, Jdg_13:5, 1Sa_3:12, 1Sa_22:15, Jer_25:29, Eze_9:6
Num_18:32, Eze_7:21-22 (2), Eze_13:19, Eze_20:39, Eze_44:7 (2), Dan_11:31
Num_16:46-47 (2), Deu_2:31, Deu_3:24, Est_6:13, Est_9:23
1Ch_5:1, Psa_74:7, Jer_16:18, Eze_7:24, Eze_28:18
Num_30:2, Psa_89:31, Psa_89:34
Psa_109:22, Isa_51:9, Isa_53:5
Total KJV Occurrences: 94
Gen_34:27, Num_19:16, Num_19:18, Num_23:24, Num_31:8, Num_31:19, Deu_21:1-3 (4), Deu_21:6, Deu_32:42, Jos_11:6, Jos_13:22, 1Sa_31:1, 1Sa_31:8, 2Sa_1:19, 2Sa_1:22, 2Sa_1:25, 1Ki_11:15, 1Ch_5:22, 1Ch_10:1, 1Ch_10:8, 1Ch_11:11, 2Ch_13:17, Job_39:30, Psa_88:5, Psa_89:10, Isa_34:2-3 (3), Isa_66:16, Jer_9:1, Jer_14:18, Jer_25:33, Jer_41:9, Jer_51:4, Jer_51:47, Jer_51:49 (2), Lam_4:9 (2), Eze_6:4, Eze_6:7, Eze_6:13, Eze_9:7, Eze_11:6-7 (3), Eze_21:14 (2), Eze_21:29, Eze_28:8, Eze_30:4, Eze_30:11, Eze_31:17-18 (2), Eze_32:20-25 (8), Eze_32:28-32 (6), Eze_35:8 (2), Dan_11:26, Nah_3:3, Zep_2:12
Jdg_9:40, 1Sa_17:52, Job_24:12, Pro_7:26 (2), Jer_51:52, Lam_2:12, Eze_26:15, Eze_30:23-24 (2)
Lev_21:7, Lev_21:14, Eze_21:25
Jdg_16:24, 2Sa_23:8, 2Sa_23:18