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Strong Rise in Australian Priesthood Enrollments
CathNews ^ | 3/17/13

Posted on 03/18/2013 9:12:10 AM PDT by marshmallow

There has been a sharp rise in the number of young men training to become Catholic priests, reports the ABC.

In the past five years, seminary enrolments in Australia have risen from about 235 a year in 2007 to 350 in 2012.

Queensland rector Monsignor Tony Randazzo says his seminary is busier than it has been for two decades.

"It's indicative that young people are coming forward enthusiastically to give themselves for a life in service in the church," he said.

"Young people have embraced the gospel in a new kind of way."

While Benedict XVI's tenure as Pope was beset by sexual abuse scandals, the issue does not seem to have done anything to stop men from devoting their lives to the church.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach

1 posted on 03/18/2013 9:12:10 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

If I hadn’t married recently and was otherwise unattached, I would have seriously considered going back to the seminary to become a priest.

This Pope is absolutely energizing to younger Catholics.

2 posted on 03/18/2013 9:37:32 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: marshmallow

“While Benedict XVI’s tenure as Pope was beset by sexual abuse scandals]...................

This is a lie that is being repeated again and again. The bulk of the sexual scandals were in the 1990’s as that is when the issue rally came to light and was exposed as the sinfulness of a small segment of the clergy, the erroneous belief, at first, that the offenders could be cured by attending some sort of psychlogical course; the subsequent reassigning of the majority of them back into parishes; and finally the utter incredulous lack of seeming concern for the victims and their families.

Most of the transgressions occured between 1960’s-1980’s, at the begining of the”age of free love”, and the so-called age of Aquarius. Pope John Paul II was a good man, but he was not inclined to believe the accusations against priests because he had experienced a lot of false accusations from the ruling Coommunists against priests whenever an outspoken priest gave the political class any grief. I can remember reading that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became aware of the broad spectrum of abuse within the clerical class and tried to convince Pope JPII that is was not a case of false accusations, but JPII was not very receptive to this news. In truth, Pope JPII suffered from Parkinsons for some time before it took his life, and one of the symptoms of advanced Parkinsons is a bit of dementia. I wonder if Pope Benedict did not take that into consideration when he realized he himself was becoming more frail due to his age.

It is unfair to put this issue at the feet of Pope Benedict. He did a lot to clean house, removing bishops and replacing them with holy men of God. A good example is in Milwaukee when he replaced Rembert Weakland with Timothy Dolan!! The folks in Milwaukee breathed a sigh of relief, only to lose their beloved Archbishop to NYC! Fortunately they have a good archbishop now too.

Here in Minnesota, when the current Archbishop of St Paul-Minneapolis was appointed several years ago, John Nienstadt was installed much to the irritation of liberal Catholics. You see, he had been Bishop of New Ulm, MN and had a reputation for “orthodoxy”. The liberals at St Thomas University in St Paul decided that they did not want to be under the authority of the Archbishop of St Paul-Mpls anymore, and the Board of Directors voted to dissolve their relationship with the diocese. That tells you everything! Although St Thomas still has a reputation for excellent scholorship, I would hesitate to say it is still Catholic.

3 posted on 03/18/2013 12:53:48 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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4 posted on 03/24/2013 2:26:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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