This list of statistics about pastors and stress was brought to my attention by an Evangelical pastor. While some of them such as issues with feeling lonely or having conflict with a parishioner could apply equally to Catholic and Protestant pastors, I was a bit alarmed at the statistics regarding pastors’ marital issues, family life and effects on kids.
On the one hand, it would seem that if Catholic priests were permitted to marry, they would incur all the same stressors regarding marriage and kids as their Protestant colleagues. On the other hand, I always cast a jaundiced eye towards statistics, and the pastor who brought up this list is, by his own admission, dealing with parishioner conflicts and significant marital problems of his own, so he may be biased in favor of these statistics.
Would be interested to hear what non-Catholic Christians think of the statistics.