Priest Says No to Celibacy
This is a fine example of not thinking before you act.
The Priest is crushed that the Church has sanctioned him, and He can no longer celebrate mass. The Parishioners are "on Strike" and refuse to go to mass and celebrate the sacraments with the new priest.
The priest did one of the the very things he promised not to do. How is the church supposed to react? With an "I'm sorry poor fellow, cry on my shoulder"? If you promise to do something, you stick by that promise. May your "yes" mean "yes".
I fail to see what there is to be upset about the priest being sanctioned -- other than the fact that he was not living up to his vows. The only people the parishioners are hurting are themselves and the parish they are striking against.