In once-Catholic Austria, now female altarettes outnumber male servers. HERE
Nearly a quarter century after the practice of female altar servers became licit, 55% of Austria’s 45,000 altar servers are girls, according to statistics published by the Archdiocese of Vienna.
In addition, 2,800 of the 5,000 persons who supervise altar servers in Austria are women.
In other news…
At religion.orf.at we read:
Number of Catholic new priests [in Austria] reaches new low
18 new Roman Catholic priests will be consecrated this year in Austria around the St. Peter and Paul Apostles on June 29th. The number of priest ordinations is likely to reach a new low.
This year’s priest “vintage” is between 29 and 57 years old. Ten come from religious orders, eight are diocesan priests. Among the candidates for [ordination], there are also several “retired people”, such as a former physicist, a former aircraft mechanic and a trained gardener, and as in previous years, only a part comes from Austria. Eleven of the candidates are born here, the others are from Germany, Poland, India and Vietnam.
Beautiful Catholic Austria… no longer.
Growing number of women in the sanctuary. Shrinking number of ordinations to the priesthood.
Is there a correlation?
Sure there is.
It is not just the presence of the women, it’s the womanish attitude of the clergy which repulses young men who would otherwise consider priesthood.
Remember the polls?