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Monday, June 24, 2013


Global Post  -  Jason Berry
June 24, 2013

As church infrastructure shrinks, rebellious Austrian priest to tour US

Helmut Schüller is pushing a reform agenda in the Catholic Church that is drawing interest in the United States.

The shortage of Catholic priests is an economic drama playing out across major countries to a yawn by the news media.

In the United States, 20 percent of parishes have no priests. Since 1995, bishops have sold more than 1,700 churches – on average, that’s a church shuttered once a week for 18 years — down-sizing a religious infrastructure that had grown steadily between the end of the Civil War and the 1969 voyage that put Americans on the moon.

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