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placeholder June 24, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
Letters from Readers
People long for a spiritual home and Catholics expect to find it at their parish, with a pastor who provides a rich diet of spiritual food and "meets people where they are," Catholics want their parish to be an inviting place. Priests can preach about sin, but they don't have to focus on it. One of the biggest changes in parish life since 1963 is in personnel. There were 179 Catholics per priest and religious in 1963. There are now 687 Catholics per priest and religious. Foreign-born priests now comprise one-quarter of active priests and one-third of seminarians.

Franciscan Sister Katarina Schuth, professor of religion at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota., delivered the 15th annual Philip J. Murnion Lecture, "Shaping Parish Life: Ongoing Influences of Vatican II and the Catholic Common Ground Initiative" in New York on June 7.

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