From VaticanNews.va in Italian:
Italy, CEI: fewer seminarians, families may be a nursery for vocations [What’s….. family?]
The data of a report by the Italian Bishops’ Conference reveal that in just ten years the decline in vocations has reached 28%: in fifty years the seminarians have more than halved. Don Michele Gianola, undersecretary of the CEI: “This situation must not make us lose hope. The attention of the Church today must be directed to all vocations, not just to the priesthood.”
Lemme stop there. In the ANSA coverage has, instead of priesthood, “il ministero ordinato…. ordained minister”. Vatican News tidied it up. “Ordained minister” is a term of art that intends to blur the disticntion of the priesthood of the priest and the priesthood of the laity. This was the B as in B, S as in S we got in seminary in the 80’s, distilled from Rahner and Schillebeeckx.
SIR, has more numbers. Alarming.
Fr. Z responds, they have systematically destroyed the terroir for vocations in Italy for decades and now they wonder that they don’t have as many now as before.
God is not calling fewer men to the priesthood, friends. It’s just that they can’t hear. They’ve been deafened.
I wonder what would happen with a radical inside the box (the new “outside the box”) approach to vocations, including preaching about the family and having sound liturgical worship.