Survey finds Polish priests quit because of celibacy, lifestyle
A survey published in a Polish Jesuit journal shows most former priests in Poland left the priesthood after becoming demoralised by lack of wealth and disillusionment with celibacy.
The editor said the findings indicated an impending crisis in Polish Catholicism and were intended as a "wake-up call" for local church leaders.
In the survey of some 320 former priests, published in the Jesuit order's Przeglad Powszechny monthly, three-quarters agreed poverty was a "necessary criterion of priestly life." However, the same proportion said they had been "economically well situated" as priests in comparison with other professional groups.