In diocese where the Bishop makes the church a community of faith and takes a personal interest vocations boom, where this doesn't happen there is good reason to be gloomy and despondent about the future of the Church.
At least once every other month I get a comment on an obscure back post, or a phone call asking me what is the most orthodox diocese, seminary or bishop, because someone feels a call to priesthood, vocations are out there, the problem seems to be netting them. Palmo seems to be saying this is happening throughout the world, or at least in the USA too.
Looking around, it seems that getting the job done isn't as difficult as many might think; results are accomplished not so much through leaving the legwork to one delegated office, but pushing towards it from the top and across the board, with significant personal commitment, concerted team effort, a creative approach, contagious enthusiasm and zeal, and basically everything else that comprises the best exercise of Catholicism's "good humanity" as its keys.
In a nutshell, predicting the yield can be accomplished by a rather simple exercise: the more a diocese looks and feels like Fortune 500 than Faith-Filled Flock, the emptier its nets will be -- "People, not paper," they say.
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