Do you have some good news to report? We could use some.
Here is some good news… well… it’s also bad news. I guess it depends on your perspective.
One Quarter of Ordinations in France Belong to the Tridentine Rite
In 2017 all French dioceses ordained only 84 priests. [That’s bad news… but it’s good news, if we consider the liberals that could have been ordained.] Nearly half of the active diocesan priests in France are over 75 years old. [Ditto.] In 2015 there were 5410 active priests over and 6217 priests under 75 years old.
A quarter of all French priests ordained in 2017 belong to communities of the Old Rite. [That’s a big deal.] Le Figaro comments that the “traditionalist movement is no longer marginal”. [That’s a fact.]
The net is good news. Right? The Traditional Rite is on the rise, the priestly demographics are shifting. As the demographic changes the influence of more traditionally inclined priests will increase, drawing forth more faithful men who will have good models.