Friday, March 24, 2006

Priestly Vocations in America: A Look at the Numbers

At Bettnet, this compilation ranking 176 U.S. dioceses by the ratio of seminarians to Catholics.

Lincoln, Nebraska, takes the lead with 35 seminarians from 89,431 Catholics. By comparison, Milwaukee is at number 151 with 22 seminarians from 731,516 Catholics.

If Milwaukee produced seminarians at just the median rate, there'd be 51. If Milwaukee produced seminarians at the Lincoln rate, there'd be 286.

The important thing for Milwuakee Catholics to take away from this is that the experience of places like Lincoln is irrelevant. Not just irrelevant, but so irrelevant that we get no explanation of its irrelevance from anyone connected with our Archdiocese. It's the irrelevant in the living room.

Here's the article from Catholic World Report.

(via Dad29)

3 Comments:

Blogger Dad29 said...

Irrelevant, cubed.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many are from the territory of Lincoln diocese? How many are looking for a clerical culture of privilege, passivity and power?

10:09 AM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

I'd be more confident that there would be such good answers about the Lincoln Diocese if Milwaukee wasn't so obviously avoiding the question.

To see a "clerical culture of privilege, passivity and power" you need only review the minutes of the Milwaukee Archdiocese Priests Alliance.

6:45 PM  

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