Ten years later how are we doing?

April 22, 2018

10 years later how are we doing?

U.S. Data 1965 1975 1985 1995 2000 2005 2007
Diocesan priests 35,925 36,005 35,052 32,349 30,607 28,702 27,971
Religious priests 22,707 22,904 22,265 16,705 15,092 14,137 13,478
Total priests 58,632 58,909 57,317 49,054 45,699 42,839 41,449
Priestly ordinations 994 771 533 511 442 454 456
Graduate-level seminarians 8,325 5,279 4,063 3,172 3,474 3,308 3,274
Permanent deacons —  898 7,204 10,932 12,378 14,574 15,409
Religious brothers 12,271 8,625 7,544 6,535 5,662 5,451 5,015
Religious sisters 179,954 135,225 115,386 90,809 79,814 68,634 63,699
Parishes 17,637 18,515 19,244 19,331 19,236 18,891 18,634
Without a resident priest pastor
549 702 1,051 2,161 2,843 3,251 3,238
Catholic population 45.6m 48.7m 52.3m 57.4m 59.9m 64.8m 64.4m
Percent of U.S. population 24% 23% 23% 23% 22% 23% 22%
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From 10 years ago… ‘Benedict’s impact? “It will be seismic”‘

April 21, 2018

I wrote this the day the following article was published and post-dated it to be published in ten years…

In 2008 I am wondering:

  • What was the impact?
  • Yesterday Pope Benedict left America after his first pastoral visit as Pope… Talking on the phone with Father J. Steele of the Holy Cross Fathers he seemed to be uncertain what impact this visit was to have.  (In his defense he was unable to watch most of the broadcasted portions of the visit due to his pastoral duties this weekend!) I believe it to be the case that this visit will have a long and lasting influence on strengthening the vision of the papacy as a strong leader in these times of moral crisis, and that the liturgical experneices we saw (we the unfortunate exception of the Mass at National Stadium! – it looked like a multi-cultural review, not a Mass!) strengthened and confirmed more tradition-minded liturgists what the new norms were going to be – far closer to more traditional norms.  Was that the case?
  • 10 years later did we see the expansiono of vocations as predicted in this article?

SOURCE: http://deacbench.blogspot.com/2008/04/benedicts-impact-it-will-be-seismic.html

Monday, April 21, 2008

Benedict’s impact? “It will be seismic”


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Paola Brenda sacrifices life for “gift of motherhood, the gift of having children

April 8, 2018

Paola Brenda sacrifices life for “gift of motherhood, the gift of having children”

By Michael Baggot

PIEVE DI SOLIGO, Italy, May 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an act of sacrifice comparable to that of pro-life patroness St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Italian mother Paola Breda recently died after having declined potentially life-saving cancer treatment that could have harmed her unborn child.

Breda was diagnosed with breast cancer six months into her pregnancy with her child Nicola, but postponed treatment until after Nicola’s birth.

During her funeral, Vittorio Veneto Bishop Corrado Pizziolo called Breda an exemplification of Jesus Christ’s Gospel call “to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

“What Jesus did – the Gospel which He lived for us – this is what we see carried out in the life of our sister,” said the Bishop according to the Italian newspaper Avvenire.

Father Giuseppe Nadal told Radio Vaticana that Breda was disappointed that she and her husband Loris Amodei were unable to have a child until a decade into their marriage.

Both Breda’s first child, Illaria, and her second child, Nicola, brought their mother great joy, said the priest. Fr. Nadal also recounted a teary-eyed Breda coming to him during her second pregnancy.

“‘I’ve been diagnosed with cancer, and they are suggesting chemotherapy, but that would hurt the baby. I absolutely don’t want that, because I always asked for the gift of motherhood, the gift of having children,” said Breda.

St. Molla was a Milanese pediatric doctor pregnant with her fourth child when she learned of a fibroma in her uterus and declined either the abortion or complete hysterectomy that would have saved her life.

Before surgery to rescue her unborn child, St. Molla told doctors, “If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child – I insist on it. Save him.”

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Paola Breda.