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Numbers of priests (letter)
The drought of priests in the Church has been dramatically exhibited in the statistics published by the Holy See for the year 2003.
During 2003 the number of Catholics throughout the world increased by 9.4 million. If one assumes that an adequate ratio of priests to Catholics is one priest for every thousand Catholics (1:1000), then an additional 9,400 priests was required in 2003. In fact there were no additional priests. That means that 9.4 million new Catholics have no one to provide pastoral care for them.
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 1 (February 2005), p. 15
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