(Paris) The face of the French clergy is changing at a fast pace, and that in two respects. The number of priestly vocations is at the lowest level. Simultaneously, a change from the new to the old rite is taking place.
Decline in Diocesan Priestly Vocations by 84 Percent
In 1966, the year after the end of the Second Vatican Council, there were 4,536 diocesan seminarians in France. Within ten years the number fell, under the influence of Pope Paul VI.and in the Post-Conciliar period to 1297 in 1975. A decline of almost three-quarters could be described as a fast collapse. Under Pope John Paul II, the slump was halted 20 years later, in 1996, the number was still 1,103 seminarians at approximately the same level. MORE