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Swiss study finds aging priesthood

CWN - November 09, 2011

The average age of Swiss Catholic priests is over 65, and that number is still rising, a new study has found.

Father Ettore Mainati, a theologian at the University of Lugano, tells Vatican Insider that the problem of an aging priesthood—which reflects similar problems in neighboring Germany and Austria—is caused not only by the aging of the general population, but also by a loss of the sense of priestly identity.

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