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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Decline of the Catholic Church in Germany

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Now with easier to read tables.

The only indicators on the up are permanent deacons (top right) and pastoral assistants (bottom left). The latter have to be paid a wage, so economic pressure has led to the flattening of their growth in recent years. Failed priestly vocations feed into the figures for the permanent deacons. The tables are taken from a German charismatic Catholic publication, ironically called Weg-Bereiter - Preparer of the Way!!! Better to say "taking a tumble over the cliff".

The tables








Diocesan priests: permanent deacons












Priests in religious orders: brothers in religious life











Nuns: secular institutes


















Men and women in pastoral service



The red line is the total number in the vocational group. the lower line the number of new members.

Also the post-conciliar catastrophe in figures and more here. This is not a problem just in Germany or Europe. It is a problem for the whole Catholic Church.