Florence, Italy, Jan 10, 2021 / 15:01 pm
The Archbishop of Florence has said no new students have entered his diocesan seminary this year, calling the low number of priestly vocations a "wound" in his episcopate.
Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, who has led the Archdiocese of Florence since 2008, said in 2009 he ordained seven men as priests for the diocese, while this year he will ordain one man, a member of the Neocatechumenal Way. In 2020 there were no ordinations.
"I consider it one of the biggest wounds of my episcopate," Betori said in a video press conference last month. This "is a truly tragic situation."
The 73-year-old cardinal said he believes the low number of men entering the seminary in his diocese is part of a larger vocational crisis that also includes the sacrament of marriage.