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Number of US seminarians on the rise

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. Michie

    Michie Perch Perkins. Catholic reporter. ;) Supporter

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    After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests (RNS)
     
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  2. Second Phoenix

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    But we need to stop the requirement of celibacy, so we can be as successful as the prots.
     
  3. gurneyhalleck1

    gurneyhalleck1 Make Christian Forums Great Again

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    As successful as Protestants?! LOL! Really? I'm in favor of them lifting celibacy, but sure as heck not for that reason! LOL

     
  4. Second Phoenix

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    I was kidding - I was pointing out that married clergy, female clergy, is not the solution to the so called 'priest shortage'. Catholics see protestant 'pastors' in which they are desperate for a congregation, while Catholics are congregations desperate for a pastor. Not realizing that protestantism, as a whole, does not require any education, skills, experience, or mentoring before starting up the newest house or storefront 'church'. Only certain groups require rigorous education and training... and now it seems they are losing numbers.

    Maybe some Catholics long for the protestant experience, instead of wanting more pastors, they have so many they can pick and choose.
     
  5. gurneyhalleck1

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    In most of the parishes in my area you'll see happy-clappy bad Baptisty music, at least 8 "extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist" trying to "bless" adults and kids, no incense, people all called to introduce themselves to their fellow worshippers around them right after the opening sign of the Cross, liberal-looking weird vestments, holding hands during the Pater Noster, and enough liturgical abuse to kill a herd of rhino, so I think you're on to something about them wanting the protestant experience! They're getting it round these here parts!

     
  6. Fantine

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    If you think those numbers are impressive, wait till you see how they increase now that we have a Pope who is a walking billboard for "priesthood as it oughta be."

    Or just plain "Catholicism as it oughta be."
     
  7. judechild

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    Bl. John Paul II and Benedict XVI were terrific examples of how the priesthood ''ought to be'' and they were and are very inspiring for seminarians. They taught seminarians eloquently for decades, and restored their hope in what has largely become a shameful thing to the public. Numbers will continue to increase, because dioceses have stopped trying to exterminate orthodox thought, but if you think that seminarians who think like you do, Fantine, will suddenly appear, I'm afraid I'll crystal-ball to the contrary. Liturgically-liberal thought has been demonstrated in the crucible of the dioceses of the world to be profoundly un-inspiring and unable to sustain vocations.

    Unrelated to that, you should probably know that the Pope, as a cardinal, was not able to raise seminary-enrollment, and he has not changed his methods.
     
  8. MKJ

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    How does one kill a herd of rhinos with liturgical abuse?
     
  9. Tallguy88

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    How?
     
  10. WarriorAngel

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    Good news - thanks Michie.
    I have heard a lot more young men wanting orthodoxy/traditionalism are going to seminary.
     
  11. Michie

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    There seems to be a real vocations boon in my area. My hubby's cousin ust went to seminary in Maryland.

    We have new priests & deacons being ordained every June.
     
  12. Second Phoenix

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    That's kinda what all Pope's are... perhaps this is about preference for you.
     
  13. AlanFromWichita

    AlanFromWichita Newbie

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    My son just started in the seminary in St. Louis, this year at age 26 -- making him almost the oldest seminarian from Wichita. He got a BS degree in electrical engineering and after that he worked five successful years in flight test at Learjet, working on software and leading software teams. But he walked away from that, for this:

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  14. ZaidaBoBaida

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    But, are they in the process of becoming priests or decons? Don't decons also go to seminary?
     
  15. Michie

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    My priest left a successful engineering career as well. I've met several who come from an engineering background. What's up with that?
     
  16. Michie

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    Deacons don't go unless they have intentions of becoming a priest.

    All priests are a deacons one year before ordination.

    If a layman becomes a deacon he has to go through an approval process & several years of classes but not necessarily in a seminary.
     
  17. AlanFromWichita

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    I think engineers like to fix things, such as improving the institutional processes, and fixing broken people. ;)

    Alan
     
  18. Michie

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    Hmm hadn't thought of that. :thumbsup:
     
  19. Dylan Michael

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    I don't know.
    I know a lot of seminarians who have degrees in engineering.
    And a lot more have degrees in accounting/business management.
     
  20. Michie

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    I think just about everyone I have met was an engineer. My priest was not happy in it though due to his calling. God must like engineers! ^_^
     
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