Vocations

RETURN OF THE VOCATIONS CRISIS

By Marco Tosatti, 8 . 10 . 17 The recovery in priestly vocations seems to be over. Between 1978 and 2012, after the great crisis of the 1970s following Vatican II, seminaries around the world enjoyed a season of growth. The growth was not constant, nor was it uniform across countries and... read more

The Scandal and Allure of the Priesthood

By Philip Tartaglia, 8.2.17 The Catholic Church is a bone in the throat of our secular culture. Of course we’ve all felt the culture’s contempt for Catholic moral teaching. But the deeper scandal of the Church is her set-apartness. In baptism, every believer is marked as Christ’s own.... read more

Nearly half of those pondering religious life in the US have to pay off student debt first

CCI Editor's Note:  Mr. Ted Daley of the Laboure Society will be the speaker at the Catholic Citizens Forum Luncheon on August 11.  Join us to learn about the impact on vocations through the work of the Society. by Colleen Dulle, posted 14 Jul 2017 Jesuits and Paulist Fathers are among the... read more

The biggest reason for priests’ silence in the face of our moral meltdown

By Msgr. Charles Pope June 30, 2017 (Archdiocese of Washington) – One of the most consistent concerns expressed both by my readers and by attendees at the various talks I give, is the large number of tepid and problematic clergy. We clergy give our people much to endure, yet for the most part... read more

Typical new US priest: 34-year-old who prays Rosary, takes part in Eucharistic adoration

June 09, 2017 The typical member of the priestly ordination class of 2017 is a 34-year-old cradle Catholic, according to a recently released survey of 444 of the 590 men slated to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States this year. The survey was conducted for the United States... read more

Bishop Schneider: Catholic family is the first defense against our current ‘great apostasy’

By Bishop Athanasius Schneider Editor's note: This address was delivered by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, on 19 May 2017 at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, which is organised by Voice of the Family. May 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The... read more

Cardinal’s Plan for Laypeople to Lead Parishes

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced plans to allow laypeople in his Archdiocese of Munich to lead parishes where there are no priests. In doing so he has strongly rejected the increasingly common option of coping with the dwindling number of ordained ministers by combining or “clustering”... read more

Cardinal Marx’ Seminary Received Only One New Seminarian in 2016

By Maike Hickson March 21, 2017 On 18 March, Cardinal Reinhard Marx — Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising and President of the German Bishops’ Conference — spoke at a diocesan meeting and revealed a stunning fact. In the year of 2016, only one new seminarian entered the... read more

Pope Francis concerned by ‘haemorrhage’ of priests and nuns from Church

By Associated Press, posted 30 Jan 2017 The Pontiff told participants at a Vatican event on religious life that the loss of clergy is weakening the Church Pope Francis says he is concerned about what he calls a “haemorrhage” of priests and nuns from the Church. The Pope on Saturday... read more

Vatican releases preparatory document for next Synod of Bishops

Catholic World News, January 13, 2017 The Holy See Press Office has released the preparatory document for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in October 2018. The synod’s theme is “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” In... read more

Vatican confirms ban on homosexual candidates for priesthood

Catholic World News, December 07, 2016 The Vatican has confirmed that homosexual men should not be ordained to the priesthood. In a new instruction for the training of seminarians, entitled The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, the Congregation for the Clergy says that the Church “cannot admit... read more

The Meaning of Vocation