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German priestly ordinations fall to record low

August 19, 2016

Only 58 men were ordained in Germany in 2015-- down from 500 in 1965 and 122 in 2005, and a record low, according to a CNA report.

The number of new seminarians also fell to a record low of 96 in 2015.

In addition, the Sunday Mass attendance rate declined from 18.6% in 1995 to 10.8% in 2015.

 
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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Aug. 21, 2016 7:57 AM ET USA

    If the German bishops consciously set out to accomplish the destruction of the Church in Germany, they could not be doing a more effective job than they already are.

  • Posted by: mhains8491 - Aug. 19, 2016 6:34 PM ET USA

    When the German Bishops do not believe in many Church teachings, it is hard to convince others to make the sacrifice to be a priest. Vocations follow faithful practice of the faith. This has been shown time and time again, but the wilful blindness of some Bishops remain.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Aug. 19, 2016 10:21 AM ET USA

    The Church has been sick in Germany for a long time which was noted by Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. There's all kind of structure and middle management but is the Faith being preached in its integrity; is Catholic theology being taught instead of dissent? Is the liturgy being celebrated with reverence and purged of abuses? Instead it appears there has been a general surrender of the Church in Germany by and large to the world. Major reform is needed!