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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Shocking lack of priests in German Church

Cathcon translation of Alarmierender Priestermangel in der katholischen Kirche

The number of ordinations of priests in Germany in 2008 has fallen below 100. The Conference of German Seminary Rectors gathered together on Tuesday in Munich announced that this year only 95 priests were ordained for the 27 dioceses. This is "alarming," said Munich's Seminary Rector, Franz Joseph Baur. Since the beginning of statistics in 1972, there have never been fewer priests ordained. The number of new entries into the seminaries is decreasing, which in 2008 stood at 176. 20 years ago, there were twice as many ordinations and entries. Baur spoke for maintenance of the strict admission practice, so that no candidate can be recommended for ordination who , "might not cope later with the requirements of the post."

In the German seminaries currently 871 men are on the way to ordination. 15 years ago, there were still 1817.
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