ordinations have been in steady decline for decades (CNS)
Figures for ordinations and other
sacraments in Britain over the last century have been compiled for the
According to the figures, gathered by
the Latin Mass Society, the high point for Catholicism was the 1960s,
with high numbers of baptisms, ordinations and marriages in 1964, 1965
and 1968 respectively, before a dramatic fall-off in each case.
Receptions into the Church peaked in 1959; in recent years they have
been just a third of that level.
The number of baptisms today is less
than half those in 1964... (more)