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FOCUS ON FAITH TO FILL SEMINARIES

An article about the Catholic Church vocation crisis was accurate in terms of Buffalo statistics, but needs perspective. Worldwide, the number of priests is increasing, not decreasing. Since Pope John Paul II was elected in 1978, the number of seminarians has risen by 70 percent.

There are places, including Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and a few American cities, where seminaries are overflowing. These are dioceses that have emphasized doctrinal content, where the pope's teachings have gotten much attention.

There are other places in the world, including Buffalo, where the church has emphasized psychology and sociology in recent decades, rather than spiritual or doctrinal content. This is where the priesthood is shrinking. Traditional religious orders that emphasize God are growing. Religious orders that focus on the priorities of the media are shrinking.

If the right changes are made in the Buffalo diocese, the number of priests here, and many other things, will start improving again.

PAUL T. DLUGOSZ

Cheektowaga

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