Journal Article

Are Former Catholic Women Over-Represented Among Protestant Clergy?

Paul Perl

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 66, issue 4, pages 359-379
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Are Former Catholic Women Over-Represented Among Protestant Clergy?

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Have a disproportionate number of women converted from Catholicism and been ordained in other denominations? This paper compares the percentage of former Catholics among female and male clergy in ten Protestant denominations. Data are taken from the 1994 Ordained Women and Men Study and include 2,162 women and 1,807 men. When aggregating denominations, female clergy are indeed more likely than their male counterparts to have been raised Catholic: 5.0 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. However, this may reflect a broader likelihood for female clergy to be converts. Within-denomination analyses reveal that women are significantly more likely to have been raised Catholic in just one of the ten denominations. From 1980 to 1994, 13.7 percent of women and 5.4 percent of men ordained to the Episcopal priesthood were former Catholics.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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