30 July 2015, The Tablet

How many priests make a church?

by Jonathan Wynne-Jones

There’s a huge disparity between the number of clergy in the Church of England and the Catholic Church even though the number of worshippers is similar. So why are the Anglicans ordaining so many priests and bishops? For an organisation that is widely accepted to be suffering from inexorable decline, the Church of England is showing no signs of struggling to attract new recruits to boost its clergy.This summer, around 1,000 men and women have been ordained in services from Carlisle to Truro, building on a similarly healthy intake last year. In stark contrast, only 48 priests were ordained in the Catholic Church last year, down from 53 the year before. Nearly a third of the Church’s 22 dioceses have not had a single ordination in the past couple of years.Yet despite the striki
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