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Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests

D. Paul Sullins


Although many are unaware, the rule of celibacy for Catholic priests is not absolute. Since 1980 over a hundred married men have become Catholic priests via an exception for former Anglican priests known as the Pastoral Provision. Written by a sociologist and married priest himself, this book tells the untold story of these men and their wives based on 115 interviews, survey data, and historical research, bringing the subjects to life through personal anecdotes, quotes, and narrative. The married priests embody many contradictions. Despite the struggles of conversion and restrictions on their ... More

Keywords: Catholicism, clergy, celibacy, religion, sociology, Anglicanism, marriage, conversion, bishops

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860043
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860043.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Paul Sullins, author
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC