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PAGE 13 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JUNE 24, 1990 who had resigned from the priesthood as sacramental ministers. In his last category, "D," Hoge dis- ][i cussed expat,dit, g and developing both i Statistics point to widening gap the permanent diaconate and the lay ] ][in number of U.S. Catholics ministries. I'U" to diocesan priests As for the impact of some of these options, lloge said he found that on I![ In 2005 social grou,,ds,,rdainingwomen would I!~ have only a limited effect on the short- ][2,1l[In;ggOo 1 1100 to1 age at first. It, time, however, women priests would be accepted as women Protestant ministers have been, he said. The idea of "fixed terms" for priests, whereby priests would enlist for an agreed-upon number of years, would have a medium impact, he found, because both priests and laity had strong feelings against the idea. Ordaining married men and expand- ing the lay ministries, he said, would have the biggest impact. But only the 11 Study by Richard Schoenherr, UW/Madison'-- 1990 CNS Graphic 'Numbers," from p e 1 . . . " t ag Another sociologist. Ruth Wallace ol ]the Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis. George Washington University in Wash- | The book, to be published by the ington, is doing research on U.S. par- ]12rtiversity of Wisconsin Press, contains ishes that lack resident priests. Personal ]the same data as the private report, he Though her work, still in progress, Service 1'lied, but analyzes ,the reasons for the " hanges in priests numbers. His field does not concentrate on numbers, she wo=o.o=to=rvot n Ioddng for quality Iodg~o and too/k~ estimated that such parishes may total a Largo ,m,o xu I J, fspecialty, Schoenherr said, is organ- 300 out of 19,700 U.S. parishes, or at. 1. Box247 Race Retlaurant pr~dot tmcellent Eureka SIa-lngs. AR I [ fional demographics, about 1.5 percent. The Official Catho- m0als for 0al ast dln . O. e (81011 atk Tt= us lhe opporlurity to m~o your ne0tt ' IThe number of diocesan priests lic Directory, she said, shows about 200 = to Oza m ds. [P aked in 1966, with their active ranks such parishes. i, l i p Y281!!ito anb! A 1988 survey by the U.S. bishops' Committee on the Liturgy showed that 70 of 167 dioceses had priestess faith communities, with the overall total of ]h Using a middle range of projections, priestess parishes at 193. |1 e said that by 2005 the estimated A third sociologist, Dean R. Hoge of |atlraber of active priests will be down The Catholic University of America in , ih 1,000. Washington, has published a book , [..!a contrast, the U.S. Catholic popu- showing the nature of the problem l on will haw. grown by then from 45.6 bishops face in addressing the priest I illion in ahe mid-1960s to between 60 shorta2ge. I illion and 74 million. In Future of Catholic Leadership," Call toll-free for resemtlons 1-800-635-3390 latter has the approval of Church au- thorities and, to some extent, is already being done. If married men were able to be ordained, I Ioge believes "the priest- hood would expand until financial limits are rcachecl," meaning married priests wilh families would require sala- ries higher than the collection baskets might provide. 2801 KAVANAUGH BLVD. LITTLE ROCK 663- 4131 Free Delivery III |l l iDa m_ m [ 8choenherr attributed the lower Hoge listed possible choices the church i:titnate to dala from the Official Catho- has for carrying out its mission with ": Ic Directory and the higher figure to fewer priests. He grouped the choices Join us for an inspiring musical r ] fOrmation gathered by Gallup and under four categories, labeled "A" to celebration ...sharing and ~ t~ er polls. The directory counts Catho- "D." . . i'Lit according to narish rolls, while Under category A - reducing the personal testimony Spirit filled results include those people who need for priests - he gave one option: singers and live orchestra. I' of themselves as Catholic. =Combine or restructure parishes, or re- I I'lis study used 20 years of actual data educate Catholics to lower expectations SATURDAY, 30 at 7:30 PM I!P to 1985 and nrojections for the next of priestly services." .Fi'nkbeiner Building, p years, Schoenherr said, That has already taken place to some part of his study, Schoenherr said extent with the closing of parishes, such River & Richard Streets i I has projected priests resignations, as the highly publicized closings in the in Benton i tirements and deaths while holding archdioceses of Detroit and Chicago. 'i: |%rtStant the nroiections of ordinations Hoge listed four possibilities under )it er the1986-2005 period because category "I3 -how to get more priests " \ ,. , ! 0se are less predictable, under current eligibility requirements: | l ased on average of his low, middle reassign or redistribute priests to ob- i; high series of projections, his fig- rain better use of them in parishes; get i ies show the number of resignations more parish priests form religious j i / i ]11 drop. Retirements will tend toorders; get more from other countries; [l ease as the priest population ages, and recruit more seminarians. l .hile the death rate - calculated for Under his category "C"- broadening ] riests under retirement age - will vary. eligibility requirements to recruit more priests - he listed: ordaining married men; ordaining women; setting a term of service in the priesthood followed by honorable discharge; and using some i [8choenherr did not study priests who [ | l ng to religious orders, but he said | ir numbers were declining faster those of diocesan priests. i Order your copy of the biography of Mother Angela Gillespie, C.S.C., American foun- dress of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame,Ind. Limited edition "FLAME IN THE WILDERNESS". Send $10 + $2 postage & handling to St. Mary Church, 132 High Street, Lancaster,Ohio 43130- 3866 ( Allow 4 wks for delivery. )