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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Connecticut's Catholic Dioceses said to be in poor spiritual health

Among all U. S. dioceses, the Hartford Diocese is last in "spiritual health," according to Crisis Magazine.

The New Haven Register reports:

"The State of the Catholic Church in America, Diocese by Diocese" measured the 176 U.S. dioceses according to three criteria: the change in the number of priests, including those that move into the diocese (an indicator of morale); the number of ordinations; and the number of adults joining the church.

The measures were chosen because they are "not ideological" and are those that "everyone agrees are signs of health," according to Brian Saint-Paul, editor of Crisis, an independent conservative Catholic journal.

When the three scores were totaled, Hartford came in 176th, with the Diocese of Bridgeport at 132 and the Diocese of Norwich at 117.

Bridgeport and Norwich were helped by each having one score in the top third. Bridgeport’s score for the change in numbers of priests was 58, and Norwich ranked 47th in ordinations....

Overall, the Crisis report shows growth among U.S. Catholics — a 19 percent increase over the decade to 66 million. The church still faces a clergy shortage, however, with active priests dropping 18 percent from 22,000 to 18,000 over 10 years.

Read the rest of the Register report here, or read the full report at Crisis Magazine here.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mat 5:3 Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Mat 5:5 Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Mat 5:6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Mat 5:7 Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Mat 5:8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Mat 5:9 Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Mat 5:10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.