Friday, July 08, 2016

The aging American priest

Revealing the 'taboo' of retirement for Catholic priests; declining population, burnout

The figures are pretty dire:
In 1965, there were 58,632 priests in the U.S. with 94 percent of them
in active ministry; in 2014, there were 38,275 priests with only 68
percent in active ministry. In 2009, the average age of a priest was 63,
whereas the average age in 1970 was 35. By 2019, half of all active
priests will be at the minimum age of 70.
(By the way, odd that this story was found in the medical section of!)

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