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In US, number of priests, religious peaked in 1969

April 12, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: From the magazine’s “110 years of statistics”: in 1969, “the US pastoral workforce peaks at 238,542, including 37,454 diocesan priests, 22,166 religious priests, 11,755 religious brothers and 167,167 women religious.” By 2015, the number had plummeted to “108,406, including 25,868 diocesan priests, 11,710 religious priests, 4,200 religious brothers and 45,605 women religious.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 13, 2019 9:08 AM ET USA

    Pope Benedict XVI predicted a much smaller, more faithful Church.