Catholics opinion on the marriage of priests 2014, by region

This statistic shows the result of a survey conducted in 2014 in various regions of the world on the marriage of priests. More than one-third (70%) of Africans said that Catholic priests should not be allowed to marry. In contrast to that, 70 percent of Europeans believe that Catholic priests should be allowed to marry.

Do you think that Catholic priests should be allowed to marry?

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Release date

February 2014



Survey time period


Number of respondents

12,038 respondents

Supplementary notes

The survey was conducted in 9 languages, across 5 continents and in 12 countries. The countries included in the study were selected after analyzing the Catholic population distribution and concentration around the world. These 12 countries represent 61% of the world’s Catholic population.

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