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How Can We Foster Vocations?

Some Insights from Irish PriestsThe bishop of Ossory, Dermot Farrell, recently made news when he predicted that the number of priests in his diocese would halve within the next ten years. It was rather surprising that this declaration reached the headlines, since the vocations crisis in Ireland is nothing new. In 1965, four hundred and twelve priests were ordained in Ireland, the highest number on record. Ever since then, the number has been falling steadily. Statistics on ordination are (unsurprisingly) … Read More

What youth really need today

In this article from the Catholic World Report, Fr Nicholas Gregoris looks at what young people need and at some of the responses they are given by the Church and the world. He says, “Teens are hormonal. Hormones, like feelings and emotions, mutate—and do so frequently. They are unreliable measuring sticks of goodness, truth and beauty.  The Church, on the other hand, is by her very nature “conservative.” The “Magisterium” preserves (“conserves”) the unchanging “Depositum Fidei” (Deposit of Faith) and … Read More