[quote=roadrunner570]I read an article not too long ago talking about the large gap in clergy between Catholics and protestants.
It said that the Catholic church was really short on priests, and in 2004, only graduated around 500, whereas Protestant seminaries graduated close to 15,000 or more ministers. Anyone have thoughts or opinions on why this is?
While Catholicism is the largest single Christian denomination in the USA (and in a few other English-speaking countries), it is still heavily outnumbered by the various Protestants in every English-speaking country except Eire. Thus, there are more Protestant churches in need of ministers, and more Protestants who wish to become clergy.
Does the RCC have tougher requirements besides the whole marriage issue?
The requirements for entry to the clergy vary from denomination to denomination. The Quakers simply have no clergy. In many pentecostal churches, pastorship is conferred on the basis of perceived ‘spirituality’, often regardless of formal training. In others, courses in Theology, Divinity, or Biblical Studies can be sufficient. I cannot think of a Protestant denomination which puts potential clergy through as thorough a training regime as the Catholics use, which is, perhaps, one of the reasons for the better public image of Catholic priests. Have you ever noticed the fact that, although the USA is a predominantly Protestant nation, the vast majority of good clergy characters on television or in movies are Catholic?