The Movement for Married Clergy was established in the mid-seventies to further discussion of and promote the cause for the acceptance of married priests within the Roman Catholic Church.
It seeks to work within the framework of the church in England as is clear in the Mission Statement for the Movement elsewhere on this website.
Since its inception, the crisis in vocations to the priesthood has given rise to a rapidly changing age profile of serving priests which is reflected in the closure or amalgamation of parishes that is now becoming an active issue in many dioceses.
We welcome your views and support as we continue to argue the case for a change in the discipline of the Western Church.
The icon above is of St Peter and his wife, by Eileen McCabe, with whose kind permission it is used here. For more information about it, click here.
15% decline in priest numbers!
The number of diocesan priests in England and Wales dropped by an alarming 15.4%, from 3200 to only 2708, in just two years from 2010 to 2012, according to the latest figures published by the Catholic Directory.