By contrast, the Diocese of Lincoln:Diocesan Priests: 32Religious Priests: 14Permanent Deacons: formation program has several men enrolled.Parishes: 30Parishioners per priest: 2160Male Religious: 18Female Religious: 59Seminarians: 1 (2 on hiatus).
Diocesan Priests: 141Religious Priests: 10Deacons: 2 permanentParishes: 134Parishioners per priest: 646Seminarians: 49 (4 ordained in May, 2016)Male Religious: 86Female Religious: 148
Do recall, our Diocese is the (is)land that once upon a time was the frequent locus of those big puppet Masses and pagan rituals replete with incense bowl bearing nymphettes dressed in diaphanous gowns parading in front of parish altars. Those were the days, my friends, when the Diocese was piloted by Remi J. De Roo, the earthly embodiment of the Spirit of Vatican II. In the 1980s, any tradition-minded young person interested in religious life or young man interested in Holy Orders was turned away by the Spirit of Vatican De Roo.
Bishop De Roo was the one who shut down our Catholic schools for a time. When he had realized his mistake—the coffers emptied in protest—he abruptly changed course and schools were reopened. His decision was based on nothing more than an ideological dream to save money and shift teaching and learning solely to parishes. Yeah, that worked in the 1970s. Parishes, being the hotbeds of lukewarm Christianity and every vain attempt to introduce the Spirit of Vatican II by angry adults with mommy and daddy issues, were sadly ill equipped to resist the cultural upheaval often lauded in parish catechetical programs. Victoria fared badly because its bishop—De Roo—was one of the leading exponents of the damnable Winnipeg Statement which contributed to the widespread abandonment of Catholic teaching on human sexuality.
While the more rambunctious days in our Diocese faded—Deo gratias!—under successive bishops, a tour of local parishes will reveal that highly improvised or awkward opening and closing rites and dancing offertory processions à la a 1970s ethos still pervade parishes and the thinking of liturgical committees, music directors and most priests who organize or allow the goofiness. It should be noted that three or four priests of the Diocese who understand what the Mass should be do suffer significantly through the machinations of oppressive and/or ignorant music directors and liturgy committees.