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A look at research, books, articles, and news on the health of clergy (all aspects) within the Christian church
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Does God exist? Part 1

Does God exist? Part 1 | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
This is a question that’s been asked through the ages and I’ve decided to put this series together to address this, and a few other questions, concerning God’s existence.
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The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism

The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it

This comprehensive investigation into the involvement of ordinary Christians in Church activities and in anti-clerical dissent, explores a phenomenon stretching from Britain and Germany to the Americas and beyond. [See pg 253, chapter 16, "The Charismatic Movement: The Laicizing of Christianity?"]

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Long Island/In the Region - Parting With the Parsonage

Long Island/In the Region - Parting With the Parsonage | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
Many clergy members are opting to receive a housing stipend, which gives them the freedom to choose a place of their own to rent or buy.
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Churches struggling with aging clergy • Top Stories (www.HometownAnnapolis.com - The Capital)

Churches struggling with aging clergy • Top Stories (www.HometownAnnapolis.com - The Capital) | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
HometownAnnapolis.com - A Web site for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Powered by Capital Gazette Communications and The Capital Newspaper.
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Women Priests in S.B. The Santa Barbara Independent

Women Priests in S.B. The Santa Barbara Independent | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
S.B. women priests are part of a worldwide movement of clergy and laity seeking to reform the Roman Catholic Church.
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Some Germans going from profession to confession

BERLIN (Reuters) - While some men splash out on flashy sports cars as they reach middle age, a number of men in one southern German community are turning from profession to confession -- giving up careers,...
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Shortage of priests in the Caribbean

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The challenge of attracting priests continues to bedevil the Roman Catholic Church.

 

Recent church scandals and the influence of western culture are factors which have led to a shortage of Roman Catholic priests in the Caribbean, Bishop of St John’s-Basseterre Kenneth Richards has said.

 

He told a recent interview with OBSERVER Media that in some parts of the world like Africa and the Philippines the response to the vocation is overwhelming, but the situation in our region is different.

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The Progressive Catholic Voice: No Priest Shortage, Says Archbishop

The Progressive Catholic Voice: No Priest Shortage, Says Archbishop | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it

Indeed, the Church in these United States overall may be facing a clergy shortage, but, thanks be to God, here in the Archdiocese we are not. We have 316 active priests and actively retired priests serving our 206 parishes. In addition, we have 68 seminarians studying for the Archdiocese with some 15 men applying next year.

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CNS STORY: Catholicism still dominant in Caribbean, but its influence wanes

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) -- Trinidad's only Catholic seminary educated future clergy members for six decades, sending graduates to ministries throughout the Caribbean.

 

But by 2010, the Regional Seminary of St. John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs had more staff than students and was losing nearly $100,000 a year. The Antilles Episcopal Conference closed it.

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Priests: Resolve to love the Laity

From Crisis Magazine by Deacon James Keating All Catholic educational and formational institutions bear part of the blame for the situation that Cardinal George so succinctly and honestly articulates above.
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Is celibacy relevant in the Catholic church today?

Is celibacy relevant in the Catholic church today? | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles area bishop who disclosed that he had fathered two children.
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We are all called

We are all called | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
By Carl Olson.Every vocation is for God’s glory, and everyone — clergy, religious, laity — is invited to share in it...
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Decline in Church-Building Reflects Changed Tastes and Times

Decline in Church-Building Reflects Changed Tastes and Times | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
Behind the lowest level of construction in U.S.
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Bishops put on alert as Catholics reject key church laws

Bishops put on alert as Catholics reject key church laws | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
SENIOR church figures were last night trying to come to terms with the stark findings of a report which lays bare massive alienation among huge numbers of Catholics.
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For the Perfecting of the Saints

For the Perfecting of the Saints | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it

The scriptures reveal that God has set ministries and gifts in the Church. The ministries of the apostle and the prophet provided the foundation for the Church. However, their ministries alone could not advance the Church. [Look at the section on Pastoral Character, in "The Pastoral Office" chapter, pg 19]

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From Megachurch to "Gigachurch" - CBS News

From Megachurch to "Gigachurch" - CBS News | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
Face The Nation on CBS: From Megachurch to "Gigachurch" - Bob Schieffer hosts the inaugural "Face the Nation"- Google+ Hangout - this one on faith and technology...
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Pope criticizes priests who question celibacy rule, says priest shortage no reason to disobey teachings

Pope criticizes priests who question celibacy rule, says priest shortage no reason to disobey teachings | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
Pope Benedict XVI has denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church.
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The Tablet - Priests for tomorrow

The Tablet - Priests for tomorrow | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it

Instead of the traditional, the reformist and the pragmatic solutions, we therefore propose a fourth way. Our suggestion is that a new type of priest should be introduced to work alongside and supplement the present clergy. Our inspiration is St Paul, whose letters distinguish the missionary priest, like Paul himself, who founds communities, from priests like the presbyters at Corinth, who are in charge of a community and preside over the Eucharist. Hence our names for the two types: Pauline priests and Corinthian priests. According to our conception, Pauline priests should continue to come from the ranks of celibate academically trained men (although many of the Catholic faithful will feel that at some future time ?and women? will be added here). They will usually be full-timers, responsible for founding new communities and for training the Corinthian priests whom they will accompany.

Corinthian priests, on the other hand, will usually be part-time, ordained on a voluntary basis for a particular community, where they will work as a team and where, instead of in a residential seminary, they will receive their initial and later formation. Long active experience in their parishes will have distinguished them as ?proven? community leaders and mature men ? viri probati. They are likely to be married, and to have held jobs. Many would, one would hope, eventually be women.

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Church faces clergy crisis

Church faces clergy crisis | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
Churches across the region face a chronic shortage of vicars – with 40 per cent of clergy in the Lichfield Diocese set to have retired by 2020.
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Catholics look to Asian priests to ease shortage - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Catholics look to Asian priests to ease shortage - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
The Catholic Church is keen to recruit priests from Asia to help overcome a shortage in regional Australia.
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Belgian Catholics urge bishops to empower laymen to counter priest shortage

Belgian Catholics urge bishops to empower laymen to counter priest shortage | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it

Belgian Catholics have petitioned their bishops for reforms including ordaining women and married men and allowing laymen to lead church services as ways to counter their growing shortage of priests. A steep decline in vocations in recent decades ...

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Ex-priest keeps the faith

Ex-priest keeps the faith | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
Like many Roman Catholic men who feel called to the priesthood, the Rev. Jim Hearne wrestled with whether ordination was right for him.
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Pastor leaves First Presbyterian

Pastor leaves First Presbyterian | Exodus of clergy | Scoop.it
Citing theological and differences in personal beliefs, Mansour Khajehpour has resigned his post as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Scott. A former Muslim from Iran, Khajehpour had been with First Presbyterian here since August 2010.
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