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  • Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

    08/16/2013 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 15, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is a common notion that the number of priests has plummeted in this country. Many speak of the halcyon days when there were four and five priests per parish, and the seminaries were packed. And while some of these memories are accurate, they are drawn from a time in this country that was very brief.The fact is, the number of priests per parish spiked sharply after 1950 and has now leveled back to the levels of 1950 and before.Note the graph at the upper right from the Center for Research in the Apostolate (CARA). It depicts the number of...
  • Atlantis rises: US seminaries are changing

    11/30/2011 8:10:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 30 November 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Atlantis rises: US seminaries are changing Posted on 30 November 2011 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf It isn’t rocket science.The theological and moral bizzaro-world into which US seminaries sank Atlantis-like over the decades of the 60s to the 80s is over. They didn’t sink in a day, and they won’t be raised in a day either.But they are rising.The reason has been, in part, bishops who made changes, and in larger part students who would no long put up with the weirdness. Men wanted Catholic formation and virile liturgy and they didn’t want to be… how to say it… hit on....
  • Too Few Priests as Catholic Ranks Surge

    03/21/2010 6:20:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies · 558+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 3/21/10 | Tim Funk
    Charlotte's parishes add overflow Masses, think creatively to accommodate attendance boomThe pews are packed at many Charlotte-area Catholic churches, but a scarcity of priests is leaving even some of the biggest parishes short-staffed and scrambling for help from retired and visiting clergy. Recent examples aren't hard to find: Just one full-time priest for months at 13,000-member St. Gabriel in Cotswold. A pastor's heart bypass operation, with complications, that left 14,000-member St. Mark in Huntersville struggling to find substitutes to celebrate Mass. A sanctuary so crowded on Ash Wednesday that a parishioner at St. Matthew in Ballantyne, where two priests serve...

    02/15/2010 9:50:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 107+ views ^ | 02-15-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONGREGATION FOR RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR INSTITUTES Originally established by Pope Sixtus V in 1588, it was reorganized by Pope Pius X in 1908. Its competence extends to all religious orders and congregations, societies of common life, secular institutes, third orders--whether of men or women. It has no territorial limits, and no questions pertaining to a life of perfection need be remitted to other Roman congregations. It has power of dispensation and, as required, important affairs, such as the approval of constitutions, quinquennial reports and formation, are confided to various commissions. In 1967 it established a School...
  • The Workers Are Few (Gap exists between what large churches need and what seminaries produce)

    07/14/2009 5:30:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 705+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/14/2009 | Bobby Ross Jr.
    Need a seminary graduate with ministerial experience who is eager to serve as senior pastor of a church with 1,000 members or more? No problem. A posting for such a position can draw anywhere from 50 to 200 applicants, said Don Goehner, president of the Goehner Group, a California-based consulting firm for Christian organizations. But need a senior pastor with the right combination of preaching talent, administrative expertise, and people skills to succeed? Despite a surplus of job seekers posting resumes on websites such as, finding such a pastor can be extremely difficult, said Goehner, whose firm recently searched...
  • Lutheran Seminarians Support Task Force Recommendation

    05/07/2009 12:23:58 PM PDT · by lightman · 28 replies · 2,565+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 6 May AD 2009 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    utheran Seminarians Support Task Force Recommendation 09-107-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In an open letter to the 65 synod bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lutheran seminarians expressed their support for a recommendation that would allow Lutherans in committed same-gender relationships to be included on professional church rosters. On Feb. 19 the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality released a report and recommendation for a process to consider changes to ministry policies that could make it possible for Lutherans who are in "publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gendered relationships" to serve as ELCA associates in ministry, deaconesses, diaconal...
  • Wagga seminary full (No room down under)

    03/18/2009 9:36:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 218+ views
    Daily Advertiser via Cathnews ^ | March 18, 2009 | KEN GRIMSON
    Wagga diocese's Vianney College seminary is at full capacity, Rector Fr Peter Thompson says. The Wagga Daily Advertiser reports the "house full" sign can go up at the seminary where 22 young men are currently preparing for the priesthood. We have 22 rooms, but if anyone else comes knocking on our door we will find a room for them somewhere, Fr Thompson said. The number includes five first year seminarians. When I took over six years ago there were only four or five (seminarians); there was obviously a question mark over the future of the seminary with those numbers, but...
  • Those delicate Jesuit sensibilities

    11/23/2008 9:13:06 AM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies · 947+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | November 12, 2008 | Laura Vozzella
    <p>An economics professor from Loyola University in New Orleans traveled to Baltimore's Loyola last week to give a lecture, and everybody's been apologizing ever since.</p> <p>Everybody, that is, but the professor, Walter Block, who chalks up the flap to political correctness.</p>
  • Counting Blessings Revisited Nil desperandum! Never despair!

    07/30/2008 9:53:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 530+ views
    Black Cordelias ^ | July 30, 2008
    Nil desperandum! Never despair!12+ years ago when I first started to get the clue that what was being handed to me as “Catholic” in school was not kosher, what resources did I have? Now we have the net, more orthodox books being written and more reprinted than EVER before in history.Thousands of Catholic websites and resources for teaching, apologetics, spirituality, Church history…In 2 years the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will turn 20 - they are celebrating ordinations monthly. I am no insider, but from what I hear, their seminary in Nebraska - Our Lady of Gudalupe - is...
  • State can't restrict seminaries, Texas high court rules

    09/01/2007 2:55:00 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 14 replies · 392+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | September 1, 2007 | TERRENCE STUTZ
    AUSTIN The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that state higher education officials have no authority over seminaries in Texas, ending several years of litigation over state efforts to restrict the operations of three seminaries in Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. The high court said the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board violated the constitutional rights of the institutions by preventing them from issuing degrees in theology and calling themselves seminaries. Writing for the court, Justice Nathan Hecht said state education requirements affecting the institutions "impermissibly intrude" upon religious freedom protected by the U.S. and Texas constitutions.
  • Six Habits of Highly Effective Dioceses (Catholic Caucus)

    02/11/2007 8:54:33 AM PST · by Frank Sheed · 21 replies · 467+ views
    National Catholic Register On-Line ^ | January 28- February 3, 2007 Issue | The Editors
    Editorial Six Habits of Highly Effective Dioceses Why are some dioceses better at attracting vocations than others? In Tim Drakes recent story Vocations Surge, the Register provided some answers to that question. BY The Editors January 28- February 3, 2007 Issue Posted 1/23/07 at 8:00 AM Based on what we learned, here are six questions successful dioceses all answer Yes. 1. Is the Eucharist the center of vocation efforts? We found that the promotion of Eucharistic adoration for vocations is a decisive factor in attracting candidates. The reason is simple: Its a vocations strategy that came from Christ himself, when...
  • New US Seminary Guidelines Insist on Total Acceptance of Full Teaching on Sexuality

    08/30/2006 3:50:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 427+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/30/06 | John-Henry Westen
    WASHINGTON, August 30, 2006 ( - Officially promulgated on August 4, a new 98-page Program of Priestly Formation has been issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) after being approved by the Vatican. Replacing the fourth edition of the norms guiding priestly formation in all seminaries published in 1992, the fifth edition has taken seriously the scandal of priestly sexual abuse. Speaking of a proper formation in sexuality, the document states, "As we have recently seen so dramatically in the Church, when such foundations are lacking in priests, the consequent suffering and scandals are devastating."In the...
  • Common Sense for an Uncommon Calling

    12/09/2005 10:06:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies · 344+ views ^ | 12-09-05 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    byArchbishop Charles Chaput Other Articles byArchbishop Charles Chaput Common Sense for an Uncommon Calling 12/9/05 The Vaticans new instruction on the admission of candidates to seminary and the priesthood has fewer than 1,500 words. That works out to about an average Sunday homily. And like many of the best homilies, it seeks to apply common sense and the wisdom of the Church to problems of the day. But we live in a culture where common sense can be rare. Thus, nobody should be surprised at the pre-emptive criticism and anxiety already directed at a Church document that deals with...
  • Backing water and blowing smoke (Diogenes on the reactions to Vatican Instruction on seminaries)

    12/01/2005 1:21:43 AM PST · by fabrizio · 10 replies · 380+ views
    [...]the Instruction issues a ringing condemnation of tactical subterfuge -- i.e., lying about one's sexual disorder: "It would be gravely dishonest for a candidate to hide his homosexuality in order to proceed, despite everything, towards Ordination. Such a deceitful attitude does not correspond to the spirit of truth, loyalty, and openness that must characterize the man called to serve Christ and his Church as a priest." Granted, these words are formally directed at men who are only aspirants to the priesthood, but undeniably they cut much deeper. Those bishops who have "deeply-rooted homosexual tendencies" are not few in number, and...
  • The Instruction Arrives! Diogenes comments on the new document on homosexualit & seminaries

    11/24/2005 5:02:05 AM PST · by fabrizio · 1 replies · 307+ views
    The Instruction tacitly dismisses the tendentious claims that homosexuality is innate, or unchangeable, or changeable only in rare circumstances. While it acknowledges the disorder can be deep-seated in some persons, it maintains that it may also be just an adolescent hang-up one can leave behind. Here the Church's moral wisdom rescues her from the errors of politicized academic fashion. To treat adult homosexuality (except in rare cases) as a self-indulgent prolongation of juvenile weakness and infatuation may rattle some gay ideologues, but it's more realistic and more charitable than the standard APA account. In summary form, the Church is saying,...
  • Document, Redux [Amy Welborn nails it]

    11/24/2005 2:06:43 AM PST · by Antioch · 3 replies · 243+ views ^ | November 23, 2005 | Amy Welborn
    This issue, as discussed in the media and in cyberspace, is another example of a Tower of Babel - like the ID discussion. People are talking in different languages, and are often not honest about it. Here's the bottom line for me, and why I wrote, weeks ago, that the "who you are" question in regard to vocation discernment and this issue is secondary to "what you believe and what you will vigorously and enthusiastically teach." Already, the discussion has taken a sharp turn into Self-Pity and Oppression land. The self-identified "gay priests" have been trotted out, the sensitive have...
  • Vatican document on homosexuals and seminaries-- full text

    11/22/2005 8:08:48 PM PST · by markomalley · 59 replies · 1,340+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | 11/22/2005 | Congregation for Religious
    Nov. 22 ( - The following is an unofficial translation by CWN of the full Vatican document. Congregation for Catholic Education Instruction concerning the criteria of vocational discernment regarding persons with homosexual tendencies, considering their admission to seminary and to Holy Orders Introduction Following the teaching of Vatican II and, in particular, the decree Optatam Totius on priestly formation, the Congregation for Catholic Education has published different documents to promote an adequate formation integral of future priests, offering guidance and precise norms regarding their several aspects. In the meantime also the Synod of Bishops in 1999 reflected on the formation...
  • New Vatican Rule Said to Bar Gays as New Priests

    09/21/2005 8:51:04 PM PDT · by I8NY · 30 replies · 956+ views
    NYTimes ^ | September 22, 2005 | IAN FISHER and LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    ROME, Sept. 21 - Homosexuals, even those who are celibate, will be barred from becoming Roman Catholic priests, a church official said Wednesday, under stricter rules soon to be released on one of the most sensitive issues facing the church. The official, said the question was not "if it will be published, but when," referring to the new ruling about homosexuality in Catholic seminaries, a topic that has stirred much recent rumor and worry in the church. The official, who has authoritative knowledge of the new rules, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the church's policy of not...
  • Questions Arise Over Seminary Inspections

    09/21/2005 5:34:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 64 replies · 1,094+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9/16/05 | Cathleen Falsani
    Beginning early next month, teams of specially appointed Vatican investigators will visit Chicago area Catholic seminaries to determine whether priests are being trained properly and to what degree homosexuality is present on campus. The Vatican has ordered "apostolic visitations," as the inspections are formally known, of all 229 seminaries and houses of formation for priests in the United States. The visitations have been anticipated for several years and are, in part, a response to the clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the American church since 2002. While some church leaders insist the visitations are meant to examine how well...
  • Vatican investigation seeks "evidence of homosexuality"

    09/20/2005 9:02:38 AM PDT · by Blake#1 · 32 replies · 957+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/17/05 | Laurie Goodstein
    Investigators appointed by the Vatican have been instructed to review each of the 229 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for "evidence of homosexuality".