Catholic Word Report Magazine?


#1

Does anyone here subscribe to Catholic World Report magazine? I got a trial issue the other day and it seemed pretty orthodox, but I would like to have some other opinions as to whether it is worth subscribing or not.

I got the December issue and one of the main articles was about which dioceses in the USA were bringing in the most seminarians. The thing I didnt like about that report though was that they ranked each diocese (all 176 in the USA) according to a ‘seminarian to Catholic’ ratio and I thought that gave a skewed picture. It wasnt a surprise that the more conservative ones were at the top, but it isnt a fair ranking when you compare the overall size (catholic population) of each diocese.


#2

Link maybe?


#3

It is a magazine I got via snail mail.
I googled the name and here is their website:
ignatius.com/Magazines/CWR/

It is by Ignatius, so that is a plus, I will take a look at the older articles they put online.


#4

Why unfair? The number of priests required is proportional to the number of Catholics in the diocese. Shouldn’t the number of seminarians be proportional to the number of priests required?


#5

It was unfair in the sense that a “seminarians to Catholics” ratio should not be the DECIDING factor of how good a diocese is ranked. Many factors should be taken into account. The seminarian to Catholics ratio is a good number to take into account, but it should not be the only number.

If I remember correctly Chicago was listed as having 3Million Catholics and 300 seminaries and was ranked 60th (out of 176). Most dioceses had less than 1 Million Catholics and only one or two of the 176 had at least 100 seminarians, while most had anywhere from a hand-full to 30 seminarians.

Thus a diocese with a few hundred thousand would have a better chance to look better because the seminarian to Catholics ratio would have a better chance at being smaller.


#6

I used to get it - it’s an excellent magazine, both in its attention to the Church world-wide & in its presentation; the production values are very high. And it manages to keep clear of faction-fighting.


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