Monday, February 05, 2007

Polish Clergy: "Married Priests Now"

As if The Scandal wasn't enough, that's what a poll for Wojtyla's favorite paper reports:
Sixty percent of Roman Catholic priests in overwhelmingly Catholic Poland want the right to marry and have families of their own.

As times change and the social status of and respect for the priesthood declines, more and more priests who feel lonely, isolated and misunderstood are considering leaving the priesthood, according to a survey published by Poland's respected Tygodnik Powszechny (TP) weekly which caters for Poland's Catholic intelligentsia.

'Not everyone can cope with the fact that at the beginning of the 21st century priests are no longer regarded as the priest they knew in their youth,' Jesuit Father and psychologist Jacek Prusak told TP.

But according to an as yet unpublished study, so far only one third of young priests who quit the priesthood do so for the sake of a woman.