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Satisfaction and Morale Among Parish Clergy: What American Catholic and Orthodox Priests Can Learn from Each Other

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Abstract:

The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches share a similar theology and a hierarchical church administration. Local parish communities are organized in similar ways. However, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches occupy different places in the context of American culture, and they have developed distinct notions of priesthood. Findings explore similarities and differences in the attitudes and experience of Catholic and Orthodox clergy. Most striking, the younger clergy (less than 45 years of age) report more conservative attitudes about the priesthood, “democracy” in church government, and empowering lay persons in the ministry.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2009.01500.x

Affiliations: 1: Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute Graduate Theological Union 2: Department of Sociology Catholic University of America

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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