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Monday, April 11, 2005



Good grief. You try and you try to denigrate and destroy Christianity and Western civilization and just when you think you're almost done, they pop again in South America and Asia and Africa.

Darn the luck.

David Deavel


It's not just the third world. As you know, many religious orders in the US are booming. Also in many dioceses priestly vocations are going up again. Mine, St. Paul-Minneapolis, is ordaining 15 priests this spring, the largest number since the ordination classes of the late fifties. The next two classes are 8 and 11. And just this afternoon I spoke to a very mature college freshman who told me he is entering the St. John Vianney college seminary here at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. It is the third-largest college seminary in the nation and still growing.

As good ol' Dan Rather used to say, "Courage."

Nancy Brown

All these Catholic doom and gloomers have an agenda, which doesn't allow for accuracy. The agenda says priests are down, so that the option for non-celibacy and women looks helpful. Doesn't matter what the truth is, truth, schmuth. Good for Colleen.


In discussing the so-called "vocations crisis", almost no one considers the rising affluence of the developed world and what is often termed the "Roe Effect". A certain percentage of those who entered the priesthood and religious life in previous generations did so, in part, as a means to an education and a work-life that poverty would normally have denied them. It is not surprising that the most fertile fields for vocations are now found in the relatively poorer developing world.

Even more significant may be the choice of families in the developed world to radically limit the size of their families. How often did we see families with 7-14 children raise up a health proportion of priests and religious? When families have, at best, one or two children, they are less likely to encourage vocations among their children.

From what I have seen lately, the vocations that have been encouraged by the teaching and example of Pope John Paul II have been solid, committed, and likely to bear fruit.


I hope I live long enough to see who the next scapegoat will be with the media.
Ironically, what I have witnessed about the American seminarians is that they are choosing the more austere route. May God bless each and every one of them. They will all be needed in a mighty way when the press wakes up and decides to go to confession.
I tip my hat to Colleen Campbell for speaking out and presenting the truth. You Go Girl!

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