May 26, 2006

Future of Catholic priesthood in the U.S. is firmly on the path of doctrinal orthodoxy

[I'm reposting the following links because I've read comments on my own blog and on others wondering about the future of Catholic doctrinal orthodoxy in the U.S.]

In 1998, here (in the following link) is what the New York Times observed.
Orthodox Seminarians

In 2004, the Los Angeles Times (in the following link) observed the same thing.
New Breed of Priests

Want to see how an opposite trend (clergy rejecting orthodoxy) is causing a Christian community to die off?

Here’s what the Episcopalian newspaper has uncovered about Episcopalianism.
One of the dioceses hardest hit by declining numbers in 2003 was New Hampshire, where Canon Robinson was installed as bishop, which saw the greatest decline in attendance of any state in the Northeast at six per cent.

The stagnation in growth was not confined to liberal dioceses, as several conservative dioceses halted their steady growth of prior years in the wake of evangelical secessions following the Robinson consecration. The diocese of Dallas, which grew 19 per cent between 1992 and 2002, declined by 2.7 per cent in 2003, while Central Florida, which grew 14 per cent in that same period, declined by 2 percent and saw three of its parishes secede to the Anglican Mission in America.

Canon Robinson publicly professes to be gay, and is living with a male partner.

To read the complete text of the article, click on: HERE.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

I have seen some astounding reactions to the prospect of this trend toward (choose one based upon your schema) orthodoxy\conservatism\reactionism\bigotry\narrowmindedness\ persecution.

For some folks it seems as if you're telling them "Your execution has been scheduled for midnight."

7:57 AM  
Blogger Be said...

My heart is ready, O God,
my heart is ready

9:59 AM  

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