sabato 16 ottobre 2021

Number of trainee priests falls again in Poland, deepening “crisis” for Catholic church

(Notes from Poland)
The number of people joining Catholic seminaries in Poland to train as priests has fallen 20% since last year. The latest figures continue a long-term decline that has seen those seeking to join the priesthood more than halve in less than a decade, with the rector of one seminary calling it a “crisis”. At the start of this academic year, 356 men became candidates for the priesthood, reports the Catholic Information Agency (KAI). That is a decline from 441 who did so last year, 498 in 2019 and 828 back in 2012. KAI notes that there has been a “systematic decline” since the start of the century. (...)