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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

France – women priests

Posted by Fr Mark on September 5, 2009

marianneAccording to the latest survey, 79% percent of French Roman Catholics are in favour of the ordination of women to the priesthood (and 83% are in favour of married clergy).







Le journal La Croix rend disponible en ligne les résultats d’un sondage TNS Sofres sur “les Francais et la vocation”.

L’enquête a porté sur l’importance relative des activités des prêtres selon les catholiques, sur le célibat des prêtres et le sacerdoce des femmes, et sur la baisse des vocations.

Entre autres choses, on y apprend que 83% des catholiques sont favorables au fait que des hommes mariés deviennent prêtre – ils n’étaient que 69% en 1982 – 82% sont favorables au mariage des prêtres et 79% à l’accès des femmes à la prêtrise. Les catholiques sont là très proches de la population totale, qui a respectivement 83% et 80%.
36% des personnes interrogées, et 31% des catholiques, ne seraient pas heureux d’apprendre que leur fils souhaite devenir prêtre (le chiffre monte à 45% parmi les sans religions).


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