Skip to comments.For New York Archdiocese’s One New Priest, a Lonely Distinction
Posted on 06/14/2012 7:05:12 AM PDT by C19fan
On June 3, the Rev. Patric F. DArcys first Sunday officiating at his new parish as a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in the Bronx, he offered Mass in crystal-clear Spanish in a packed sanctuary. Later, at a lunch celebration, his new parishioners welcomed him with trays of rice, beans and roasted chicken, and a white cake adorned with golden icing. It was a festive event a thanksgiving for the blessing of a new priest that would normally take place in early June in at least several of the 370 parishes in the Archdiocese of New York. But this year the New York Archdiocese has ordained only one new priest, Father DArcy. It is the first year that has happened since the archdiocese opened its seminary more than 110 years ago.
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Well, the New York Times is nursing its fantasy that religion in the US is dying.
In other news, the New York Times celebrated the addition of two new subscribers today, more than doubling its circulation, which has been declining at double-digit percentages since the Carter administration. The good news slightly offsets the loss of more than five million subscribers over the last 20 years.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, the seminaries are overflowing and each priest is educated at a fraction of the cost here, and they all speak English.
Bring ‘em over!
(Our parish has one. He is morally serious, scholarly, and sings beautifully.)
Canon Law requires that seminarians have two years of philosophy and four years of theology, but for years priests were being cranked out with five, essentially by only having one year of philosophy. A few years back, this was stopped—last year’s ordination class was the last one to get out of Dunwoodie with one year of philosophy, and so the class this year was very small—four—because the people who would have been ordained this year had to spend an extra year on philosophy.
At least two of the four had done their philosophy elsewhere—my alma mater in fact—which is why the glitch didn’t cause them a problem. One of them is a former student of mine, whose ordination I was priviledged to attend three weeks ago.