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A Shortage of Priests

The number of Roman Catholic priests in the U.S. has been dwindling for decades. Can church officials stop the bleeding?

How severe is the shortage?The number of priests in the U.S. has shrunk from 59,000 in 1965 to 43,000 today, even though the number of Catholics has grown. More than 3,000 U.S. parishes—27 percent of the nation

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