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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Important New Study: An Analysis of the "Shortage of Priests" as Self-imposed by the Catholic Church

By:   David Sonnier
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What In Heaven's Name Happened to the Catholic Priesthood? What In Heaven's Name Happened to the Catholic Priesthood?

The fathers of the Second Vatican Council met from 1962 to 1965 to engage in a spiritual renewal of the Church, and to find a way to bring the Gospel to people throughout the world by updating the Church to the modern world. From the start there was great emphasis placed on reform of the liturgy, despite the fact that many aspects of the proposed ecclesiastical “reform” had been previously condemned by previous Popes such as Gregory XVI and St. Pius X (cf. Mirari Vos and Pascendi Dominici Gregis).

One might think that the much-touted “renewal” in Catholic life ushered in by the Second Vatican Council would have significantly increased the number of priestly vocations. The statistical analysis of data seems to present a drastically different picture. When one expresses concern over the sudden loss of vocations they are answered with assurances that “it’s only temporary,” and “we’re no longer in decline.” It is impossible to reconcile these reassurances with the reality of the situation. Vocations have dwindled to a near-halt in one formerly Catholic region after another. In Ireland a record low of 12 young men entered seminary in 2012. [2] In Belgium only 14 priests were to be ordained in 2014, and in Corsica there is just one young man preparing for ordination. [3]

What can we learn from the situation at this point? It will be the aim of this paper to gain a better understanding of the current state of affairs using the available statistics.  READ MORE HERE


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