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Optional Celibacy
Optional Celibacy Survey Results

Results by diocese of a 2003-2004 survey of priests responding to the question:  "Do you favor an open discussion of the mandatory celibacy rule for diocesan priests? " (For more detailed results and available comments from priests click on each diocese).

DiocesePriests RespondingYesNoUnsure
Albany69 of 243 [28%]62%35%3%
Baltimore93 of 238 [39%]65%32%3%
Belleville55 of 159 [35%]71%25%4%
Boston321 of 1524 [21%]66%28%5%
Buffalo162 of 550 [29%]66%23%11%
Cincinnati174 of 542 [32%]67%29%4%
Cleveland114 of 500 [23%]64%32%4%
Columbus83 of 238 [35%]60%36%4%
Covington34 of 93 [37%]53%47%0%
Detroit160 of 768 [21%]70%24%2%
Denver78 of 292 [27%]58%37%5%
Dubuque101 of 222 [45%]56%40%4%
El Paso29 of 104 [28%]72%17%10%
Fall River78 of 237 [34%]65%26%8%

Fort Wayne-South Bend

28 of 109 [26%]36%64%0%
Fort Worth40 of 109 [36%]60%30%10%
Fresno34 of 114 [30%]56%41%3%
Gallup15 of 85 [18%]60%40%0%
Gaylord15 of 78 [19%]67%27%7%
Grand Rapids30 of 135 [22%]61%35%0%
Green Bay106 of 329 [32%]77%21%2%
Harrisburg19 of 91 [21%]32%63%5%
Indianapolis51 of 166 [31%]84%16%0%
Kalamazoo16 of 69 [23%]38%50%13%
LaCrosse93 of 223 [42%]55%42%3%
Lansing49 of 185 [26%]68%26%4%
Las Cruces24 of 75 [32%]76%12%8%
Las Vegas23 of 77 [30%]87%13%0%
Los Angeles121 of 965 [13%]70%23%4%
Madison81 of 162 [50%]62%30%7%
Marquette13 of 101 [13%]50%31%0%
Monterey42 of 134 [31%]57%40%2%
Oakland126 of 301 [42%]84%13%2%
Oklahoma City46 of 121 [38%]57%39%4%
Orange40 of 164 [24%]68%25%8%
Paterson, NJ77 of 299 [26%]74%23%3%
Philadelphia128 of 900 [14%]47%50%3%
Phoenix 100 of 304 [33%]77%19%4%
Providence123 of 400 [31%]51%46%2%
Pueblo26 of 84 [31%]69%23%8%
Raleigh44 of 155 [ 29%]79%16%5%
Rochester102 of 294 [35%]69%22%10%
Sacramento66 of 215 [31%]73%24%3%
Saginaw29 of 120 [24%]77%16%0%
San Bernardino62 of 258 [24%]75%17%6%
San Diego71 of 329 [22%]73%24%3%
San Francisco104 of 319 [33%]68%26%6%
San Jose66 of 184 [36%]70%23%8%
Santa Fe75 of 203 [37%]68%31%1%
Seattle68 of 290 [23%]79%16%4%
Steubenville30 of 57 [53%]57%40%3%
Stockton23 of 72 [32%]48%48%4%
Superior50 of 89 [56%]67%33%2%
Syracuse132 of 312 [42%]73%20%6%
Toledo78 of 210 [37%]77%22%1%
Tucson64 of 193 [33%]70%27%3%
Venice51 of 164 [31%]73%18%10%