Thursday, May 03, 2007

Whispers "Exclusive" Content Inaccurate

On Monday, the popular blog site "Whispers in the Loggia" made a report about the state of priestly vocations in the Saginaw Diocese. While the statistic he sites is impressive, they are not near the actual numbers. He reports:

and while Bishop Robert Carlson of Saginaw arrived in Michigan to find but two men in formation in early 2005, it's looking like he'll have something like 32 more in the fall. In just over two years. And with a new house of formation up and running, to boot.
Ordinarily I may just let that pass blaming it on a faulty source but now that the good people interested in the Saginaw Diocese are wondering where all these seminarians are coming from I thought it would be good to clarify the false report.
The projected number of seminarians for the fall of next year is not 34, or 33, or 32, or 31, or even 30. It is *gasp* quite a bit lower. Next fall the diocese will be looking at sending about 22 - 24, maybe a few more but as of right now there are only 22 confirmed.
I hope the mirror Rocco is looking into can still confirm the superiority of Bishop Carlson and yes B16 did want to meet with him and ask questions about the vocations in Saginaw but if one knows the good Bishop, I would hardly call it a "shock private audience" but more like an "inevitable private audience."

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