Religion Culture and Decline

Two pieces caught my eye this week. The decline
of baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention and the closing of a seminary
preparatory in Chicago.

The closing of a preparatory seminary for Roman Catholic boys in Chicago and the decline in baptisms in the Southern Baptist denomination caught my eye this week. Convervaives have been in the ascendancy in the Southern Baptist church for more than a decade. The purge of liberal leaders was mercilous and very public. Convervatives have been in the ascendancy in the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church for much longer. The irony is that the claim is often made in Mainline Protestant circles that the decline of the protestant communions is the result of liberal leadership. But the accuracy of this claim is

The number of priests in the United States has dropped from nearly 59,000 in 1975 to about 42,000 last year. Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary has prepared teenage boys for the priesthood

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