The Austrians are reporting on the results of a poll of diocesan priests – not religious order priests – taken last fall before the sexual abuse/hierarchy management crisis broke. (I’ve always found the German word for these priests amusing – Weltpriester.) 59% of the Weltpriester favor elimination of mandatory celibacy, 31% favor retaining it, 10% refrained from answering. 51% affirm the suitability of women for ordination. The older the priest, the more likely he favors eliminating mandatory celibacy, up until age 75, at which age the older priests start to agree with the younger ones to retain it. Gee, I thought (and so many of us were hoping) that some desires lessen with age. Oh, but of course – it’s about generational differences in clerical worldviews.