The Hunger Years

Posted July 31, 2018 3:43 am by Rob Marco

The Hunger Years

Dr. Taylor Marshall had a recent post on the state of the priesthood by the numbers. The “priest to Catholics” ratio (taken from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown) indicates that in 1950 there was one priest to every 652 Catholics in the United States. In 2016 that ratio had dropped to one priest to every 1,843 Catholics. As Dr. Marshall notes, our priestly manpower is operating at 33% of what it was in 1950. He notes that dioceses with strong, orthodox formation (such as Lincoln, Nebraska, where the ratio is one priest to every 598

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