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  • Leaving the Institution. Secularized Priests.
    Núñez, Francesc (2010)
    Social Compass 57:2: 268-284.

    Based on interviews with ex-priests from the Barcelona diocese.

    Associated Search Terms: Spain, Barcelona; Ex-priests; Ex-clergy; Catholic, Spain
  • Vocation and Vocational
    Giordan, Giuseppe (2007)
    In Giuseppe Giordan (ed.) Vocation and Social Context. Leiden: Brill, pp. 103-126.

    Based on interviews with former Italian priests.

    Associated Search Terms: Stigma; Ex-priests; Vocation; Ex-clergy
  • Vocation Versus Vocational Status in the Lives of Current and Former Vowed American Catholic Religious.
    Blasi, Anthony J. (2007)
    In Giuseppe Giordan (ed.) Vocation and Social Context. Leiden: Brill, pp. 83-102.

    Analyzes 2002-2003 survey data from current and former Racine Dominican sisters & province of American current and former Franciscan priests and brothers (O.F.M.).

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-priests; Ex-clergy; Vocation; Social justice; Social issues; Orders/congregations; Order of Preachers; Ex-sisters; Franciscan (O.F.M.)
  • Les clercs de l'identité: socialisation et engagement militant en Pays Basque.
    itçaina, Xabier (2005)
    In Denis Laborde, et al., Six études sur la société basque. Paris: L'Harmattan, pp. 163-233.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Ex-seminarians; Identity; Basque
  • Pastors in Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry.
    Hoge, Dean R., and Jacqueline E. Wenger (2005)
    Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2005.

    Based on 2002 questionnaire data from former U.S. Protestant clergy and a control group of active clergy, with telephone interview follow-ups with a subsample.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; United Methodist; Ex-clergy; Lutheran, Missouri Synod; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Assemblies of God, U.S.A.
  • Perché lasciano la vita consacrata. Una indagine empirica.
    Oviedo, Lluis (2004)
    Antonianum 2: 79-100.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Role exit; Catholic
  • Transition from Vowed to Lay Ministry in American Catholicism.
    Blasi, Anthony J., with Joseph F. Zimmerman (2004)
    Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press.

    Based on 2002 questionnaire data from former & current members of 3 U.S. Catholic religious communities. Aspects of the intensive formation at time of entry persist through lay life; suggests these aspects should be the focus of training lay ministers.

    Associated Search Terms: Franciscan (O.F.M.); Ex-clergy; Franciscan; Ex-sisters; Racine Dominican Sisters; Catholic, U.S.A.; Holy Cross Brothers and Fathers; Ex-brothers
  • The First Five Years of the Priesthood. A Study of Newly Ordained Catholic Priests.
    Hoge, Dean R. (2002)
    Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press.

    Analyzes 2002 survey data from newly ordained Catholic priests (ordained 1995-99) & resigners who had been ordained 1992 or later. Supplemented with interview responses.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Clergy; Ex-priests
  • Leaving the Adventist Ministry: A Study of the Process of Exiting.
    Ballis, Peter H. (1999)
    Westport, Connecticut: Praeger.

    Associated Search Terms: Seventh-day Adventist, Australia; Ex-clergy; Seventh-day Adventist, New Zealand
  • Why men and women leave the ministry: Hypotheses from research on clergy and from exiters of other statuses.
    Lummis, Adair T. (1996)
    In Georgie Ann Weatherby and Susan A. Farrell (eds.) The Power of Gender in Religion. New York: McGraw Hll, pp. 119-138.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Comparative; Role exit; Gender
  • Quitting the Clergy: Resignations in the Roman Catholic Priesthood.
    Schoenherr, Richard A., and Lawrence A. Young (1990)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 29:4: 463-481.

    Calculates 1966-84 clergy resignation rates for a random sample of American Catholic dioceses.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Ex-clergy; Diocese; Clergy
  • Conflict and Change in the Catholic Church.
    Seidler, John, and Katherine Meyer (1989)
    New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

    Views 20th century changes in Catholicism, esp. in the U.S., as a social movement; content analysis of the National Catholic Reporter. Analyzes 1971 questionnaire data from strategically placed clergy in U.S. dioceses, analyzes with dioceses as units.

    Associated Search Terms: Conflict; Social movement; Accommodation; Change; Content analysis; Ex-clergy; Diocese; Clergy; Bishop; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • Some Aspects of Organizational Efficacy in Australian Churches.
    Dowdy, Edwin, and Gillian Lupton (1983)
    In Alan Black and Peter Glasner (eds.), Practice and Belief. Studies in the Sociology of Australian Religion. Sydney: Allan & Unwin, pp. 62-73.

    Reports survey data on priorities of church activities, as held by clergy, seminarians, involved laity, the general public, & ex-clergy.

    Associated Search Terms: Australia; Clergy role; Ex-clergy; Seminarians; Clergy
  • Les ex-pasteurs, les départs de pasteus de 1950 à 1975. Bulletin no. 2 de l'Association des Publications de la Faculté de Théologie Protestante.
    Willaime, Jean-Paul (1979)
    Strasbourg: Centre de Sociologie du Protestantisme.

    Associated Search Terms: France; Protestant, France; Ex-clergy
  • Priest Resignations in a Lazy Monopoly.
    Seidler, John (1979)
    American Sociological Review 44:5: 763-783.

    Analyzes 1971 questionnaire data from American Catholic diocesan clergy; focuses on diocesan attributes related to clergy resignations. Rather than respond, dioceses allow internal clerical critics to depart.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Clergy; Ex-clergy
  • A Study of the Marriages and Marital Adjustment of Resigned Roman Catholic Priests and Their Wives.
    Hendricks-Rauch, Maureen (1979)
    Unpublished Ed.D. dissertation, University of Northern Colorado. [DA 40:8 B, p. 3932]

    Based on questionnaire data from 445 couples; shows greater than average happiness. 50% of wives were former religious sisters.

    Associated Search Terms: Marriage; Ex-sisters; Catholic, U.S.A.; Ex-clergy
  • The Roman Catholic Clerical Exodus: A Study of Role-Adaptation and Organizational Change.
    Newson, Janice Angela (1976)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, University of Toronto.

    Compares 36 resignees & 37 non-resignees from the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, Canada; Canada, Ontario, Toronto; Ex-clergy
  • Becoming an Ex-priest: The Process of Leaving a High Commitment Status.
    DellaCava, Frances A. (1975)
    Sociological Inquiry 45:4: 41-49.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Ex-clergy; Role exit
  • Persistence and Change in the Priestly Role in Relation to Role-satisfaction: A Study of Roman Catholic Priests and Ex-priests.
    Wilson, Robert Wayne (1974)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, New York University. [DA 35:7 A, p. 4267]

    Analyzes questionnaire data from 11 ex U.S. Catholic priests who had quit 1962-72, & 100 active priests; compares personality traits & attitudes toward aspects of the Catholic Church.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Clergy; Catholic, U.S.A.; Clergy role
  • Priest Resignations, Relocations, and Passivity.
    Seidler, John (1974)
    National Catholic Reporter 10 (May 10): 7, 14.

    Associated Search Terms: Passivity; Ex-clergy; Catholic, U.S.A.; Clergy
  • A Comparative Study of the Vocational Interests and Values of Roman Catholic Priests Active in the Ministry and Roman Catholic Priests Who Have Left the Active Ministry.
    Reinheimer, George Edward (1973)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, St. John's University. [DA 34:10 A, p. 6460]

    Analyzes questionnaire data from active & inactive priests from 2 large eastern U.S. Catholic archdioceses; finds no differences in basic interests & occupational interests, but some in non-occupational interests & graduate education.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Catholic, U.S.A.; Clergy
  • Status Abrogation: A Study of the Former Roman Catholic Priest.
    DellaCava, Frances A. (1973)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, Fordham University. [DA 34:1 A, p. 424]

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Role exit; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • Some Social and Orientative Correlates of Career Change and Continuity as Revealed among United Methodist Pastors of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, 1960-1970.
    Blanchard, Dallas A. (1972)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, Boston University. [DA 33:12 A, p. 7010]

    Associated Search Terms: Clergy; United Methodist; Ex-clergy
  • Los ex-sacerdotes y ex-seminaristes en España.
    Ruiz Olabuénaga, José Ignacio (1971)
    Cuernavaca: CIDOC.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Ex-seminarians; Spain; Catholic, Spain
  • Desocialization from the Priesthood: Critical Problems of Personal and Role Identity among the Catholic Religious Professionals.
    Watzke, James N. (1971)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, Harvard University. [DA 33:1 A, p. 421]

    Analyzes survey data from 873 American Catholic clergy who had resigned from the ministry between 1965 & '69.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Ex-clergy; Identity
  • Some Factors Associated with Voluntary Withdrawal from the Catholic Priesthood.
    Schallert, Eugene J., and Jacqueline M. Kelley (1970)
    Lumen vitae 25:3: 425-460. [Also in Homiletic and Pastoral Review 81 (1970-71): 177-183, 154-267]

    Based on 317 interviews with ex-priests from throughout the world but most in San Francisco; as well as interviews with a large control group.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Clergy; Catholic
  • Regard statistique sur les prêtres qui quitent le ministère.
    Kauffmann, Michel (1970)
    Social Compass 17:4: 495-502.

    Overview based on official 1962-68 data, from a variety of nations and regions.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic; Ex-clergy
  • Ex-prêtres en Espagne.
    Ruiz Olabuénaga, José Ignacio (1970)
    Social Compass 17:4: 503-516.

    Surveys 115 ex-priests & ex-seminarians in Spain; descriptive data & social-psychological typology.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Catholic, Spain; Spain; Ex-seminarians
  • Ex-Pastors: Why Men Leave the Parish Ministry.
    Jud, Gerald J., Edgar W. Mills, Jr., and Genevieve Walters Burch (1970)
    Philadelphia: Pilgrim Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; United Church of Christ
  • Dogmatism of Catholic Clergy and Ex-clergy: A Study of Ministerial Role Perseverance and Open-mindedness.
    Cryns, Arthur G. (1970)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 9:3: 239-244.

    Study of priests, ex-priests, seminarians, & ex-seminarians, from 2 metropolitan dioceses in the U.S.A.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy; Clergy; Catholic, U.S.A.; Dogmatism; Ex-seminarians; Seminarians
  • The ex-Pastor's Message to the Church as an Occupational System.
    Walters Burch, Genevieve (1970)
    Social Compass 17:4: 517-532.

    Analyzes 1967 survey data from former United Church of Christ clergy, who found the systems of professional training, hiring, work & reward, support, & family & personality under strain.

    Associated Search Terms: United Church of Christ; Clergy role; Ex-clergy
  • Career Change of Clergy to Secular Occupations: Development of a Theoretical Framework.
    Burch, Genevieve (1969)
    Unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Maryland.

    Associated Search Terms: Clergy; Ex-clergy; Role exit
  • The Dynamics of Role Leaving: A Role Theoretical Approach to the Leaving of Religious Organizations.
    Jehenson, Roger Bruno (1969)
    Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 5: 287-308.

    A first person account of a priest & sister deciding to marry, interpreted in terms of the psychological resistance offered by "organizational attraction."

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-sisters; Role exit; Ex-clergy
  • Departure from the Pastorate: A Study of Southern Baptist Ministers.
    Rochte, Frederick C. (1967)
    Unpublished M.A. thesis, Wake Forest University.

    Associated Search Terms: Southern Baptist; Ex-clergy
  • Leaving the Pastorate: A Study in the Social Psychology of Career Change.
    Mills, Edgar W. (1965)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, Harvard University.

    Based on questionnaires from Presbyterian ministers who had left the pastoral ministry in the previous 4 years.

    Associated Search Terms: United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Ex-clergy
  • Factors Related to Persistence in Vocational Choice with Particular Reference to the Methodist Ministry.
    Keightley, Carl E. (1947)
    Unpublished M.A. thesis, Northwestern University.

    Associated Search Terms: United Methodist; Ex-clergy; Clergy
  • Reactions of Ex-Ministers toward the Ministry.
    Duncan, Hannibal Gerald (1932)
    Journal of Religion 12: 100-115.

    Excerpts reasons American Protestant ex-clergy give in a mail questionnaire, for entering & leaving the active ministry.

    Associated Search Terms: Ex-clergy
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