"Certainly priests are vulnerable from the inside because of their own sexual drives and from the outside because they become very attractive sexual targets," claims A. W. Richard Sipe, a former Benedictine monk. He will publish a 25-year study soon concluding that half of all priests break celibacy vows.
Celibacy is unrealistic and its counter-productive now," claims Richard McBrien, theology chairman at Notre Dame. He also reports that "The priesthood as we now know it is falling apart . . . because of a stubborn refusal to change. He says that about 150 of priests have left the order since 1970 and that officials expect applications for seminary to decline by 400/o by the end of the decade. "In the past 25 years, 19,000 American priests resigned and married, and 110,000 in the world resigned and married," said Toarrence Dosh, national coordinator for CORPUS, a support group for married ex-priests. - CAH