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  • Why married priests won’t really fix the shortage

    Why married priests won’t really fix the shortage

    • Apr 11, 2017

    The priest shortage has been a major concern for the Catholic Church as today there is only one priest for every 1,800 Catholics in the U.S. But married priests may not provide the necessary solution. This article explores the reasons that led to celibate priests and the possible alternatives to foster vocations.

  • Catholics surge in Africa, but priest shortages persist elsewhere

    Catholics surge in Africa, but priest shortages persist elsewhere

    • Apr 9, 2017

    The Vatican released statistics showing that the evergreen problem of priest shortages still persists. However, the one bright spot is on the African continent which continues its “positive trend” in providing more vocations and more Catholics as a whole.

  • Pope Francis: ‘I too know moments of emptiness’

    Pope Francis: ‘I too know moments of emptiness’

    • Mar 11, 2017

    Pope Francis has been particularly open to hearing proposals for the ordination of married men and in Rome last November, as his Year of Mercy drew to an end, he also met with men who had left the priesthood to marry and have their own families.

  • Pundit charges crisis in German church is ‘manufactured’

    Pundit charges crisis in German church is ‘manufactured’

    • Aug 23, 2016

    While there were almost 20,000 Catholic priests in Germany in 1990, today their number has dropped to 14,000, and all signals suggest the decline will continue — with some saying the drop indicates the need for reform, and others suggesting it’s been artificially induced in order to change the Church.

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