January 29, 2014

Of Colds and VII Statistics...

My apologies...the cold that has never really left me since before Christmas is back. Stuffiness, chicken soup, Tylenol... and Chocolate Ice Cream to cool the throat. UGH!

Fr. Peter Carota has an excellent post on his blog concerning the "Before and After" statistics of VII. I've alluded to such statistics in the past.  More eminent writers than I have written of them also and most Catholics already have a sixth-sense about them simply from reading the news items about church and school closings, convents shuttering and pictures of only 1 or 2 or 3 seminarians being ordained in a diocese that ought to produce 3 times as many. 

Let us continue to pray for the return to the normalcy Holy Mother Church needs and to the Restoration of All Things in Christ!

Before and After Vatican II Statistics Do Not Lie

Here are some more factual statistics about the Holy Roman Catholic Church before Vatican II and after here in the United States.  These Statistics are from CARA Georgetown University.500px-Gap_Between_Priests_and_Catholics_in_USA.svg
Priests: 1945 = 38,451  1950 = 42,970  1955 = 46,970  1960 = 53,796  1965 = 58,000
Priests: 2013 = 38,800  Diocesan Priests = 26,500 and  Religious = 12,300
Ordinations to the Priesthood: 1965  =  994
Ordinations: 2013  =  511
Seminarians: 1965  =  49,000  Graduate level: = 8325
Graduate level Seminarians: 2013  = 3694
Religious Sisters in the whole world 1973  = 1 million.  In 2013  =  721,935.
Parishes: 1965  =  17,637
Parishes: 2013  =  17,413
Mass Attendance in 1965: 65 % of Catholics attended Sunday Mass
2013, Only 24 % of Catholics attend Sunday Mass.  

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