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Dissent widespread within Austrian clergy, poll shows

June 29, 2010

More than half of Austria’s Catholic priests believe that women should be ordained, despite the Church’s definitive pronouncement that this is impossible, a new poll shows.

Among the 500 priests surveyed, 51% favored the ordination of women. The poll showed an overwhelming majority of clerics—79%-- in favor of opening the priesthood to married men.


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  • Posted by: Chorherren - Jun. 30, 2010 1:12 AM ET USA

    To be specific, the sampling group consisted of pastors (Pfarrer), not priests (Priester). Therefore, the poll focused on a group dominated by older men. Actually it is only surprising that the results were not worse. In any case, a small ray of light in this darkness is the fact that younger clergy (under 40) were much more likely to hold the Catholic faith (see

  • Posted by: Lilacs2me - Jun. 29, 2010 9:53 PM ET USA

    That's just because they have no vocations.

  • Posted by: visions - Jun. 29, 2010 1:54 PM ET USA

    "Who ever saw a weak man who was not obstinate, a weak man who was really docile, who ever knew a weak man of any nation who was not self-important? " from Spiritual Conferences, self-deceit, by Father Frederick William Faber