Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Need Priests? Try Orthodoxy


According to the Official Catholic Directory of 2005, the authoritative guide to the Catholic Church in the U.S., there are 121 active diocesan priests in Lincoln and 89,236 Catholics.
Those numbers indicate there is one priest for every 737 Catholics, which is far greater than the total national statistic of one priest for every 4,723 Catholics.

The New York Times reported Oct. 7 that in 2003, there was nationally one priest for every 2,677 Catholics, meaning the U.S. priest shortage has nearly doubled in the last two years.

In Omaha, with one priest for every 1,755 Catholics, the diocese is slightly behind Lincoln but still far above the national average.

This from the Daily Nebraskan.

In Milwaukee (2003 stats) there were 694,000 Catholics and 401 Diocesan priests; one priest for every 1,730 Catholics, meaning that we're about on a par with Omaha--i.e., HALF as "priested" as Lincoln.

And while the number of Catholics in this Archdiocese has increased since 2003, the number of active Diocesan priests has decreased....


Terrence Berres said...

From the article:

"The Vatican also is soon expected to release a document that will exclude gays and lesbians – even those who remain celibate – from entering the priesthood ..."

Presumably this will not affect any gays or lesbians who are already priests.

Dad29 said...

No one expects that currently-ordained homosexuals will be tossed out, except under the usual circumstances: indictment, trial, conviction, and imprisonment.

Terrence Berres said...

So even the lesbians are safe?

Dad29 said...

Yes. All lesbian priests are safe.

Fidei Defensor said...

What a lack of compasion for all the lesbian priests out there! They haven't been invovled in any scandals or coverups. This Pope is taking us back to the Dark Ages! Isn't a group of people that simply doesn't exist entittled to some degree of understanding and reconcilliation?

Dad29 said...

Scarlette: yes, a smile cracked my face. You may have noticed some lightning despite clear skies at that very moment

Terrence Berres said...

It would seem that the Orthodox Church has a Lesbian bishop.