Confused, meaning why would a Catholic priest have condoned an autopsy at which bits of the deceased were abstracted for, uh, private use? One could think of a few reasons involving the prominence of the recently demised, but it’s probably another argument against the authenticity of the alleged Imperial dingus.
If the thing is real there are at least a couple historical questions a careful scientific examination might answer. One, was Napoleon’s death hastened by his British captors? It has been alleged (and evidence from locks of Napoleon’s hair advanced as proof) that the British poisoned Napoleon with arsenic, most probably in his wine, in order ensure his speedy demise and put a stop to any post-exilic Imperial ambitions.
Two, did the Emperor suffer from disuria (that is, difficult and painful urination) to an extent that might have affected his ability to direct his subordinates during the Waterloo campaign that resulted in the destruction of his army and his exile to St. Helena?
So we see the truth of the Napoleonic maxim that every common soldier carries a marshal’s baton in his knapsack borne out by the fact that the answers to such important political and military questions could be revealed through a careful examination of his – privates.
Ah. Could have been collateral descendants I suppose, that is, his nieces and nephews and their descendants. Not that ostensibly celibate Catholics (up to and including several Popes) haven’t had (illegitimate of course) descendants in direct line, as you note.
Yes. Priestly celibacy isn’t a religious rule, just an organizational one. (Considering the level of alcoholism among Protestant clergy wives, and the fact that any amount of delinquency can be dismissed offhand with the two words, “Preacher’s kid”, you have to admit they have a point.) Because it is just organizational, it can be dismissed with for good reasons.
Offhand, though, I think, while married men can, under certain circumstances, become priests, men who are already priests cannot be married. That’s the same rule as the Eastern church.