The Future of Catholic Leadership summarizes a 1986 study of the priest shortage in America. Hoge concludes that the shortage is not temporary but long-term, and includes recommendation for future surveys and research to aid church leaders in planning.
Dean R. Hoge is Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of America. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the Harvard Graduate School. Hoge is the Past President of the Religious Research association; Program chair for Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1984; Council Member for Association for the Sociology of Religion since 1986. He has authored five books and numberous articles.