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Catholic diocese deals with priest shortage

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The La Crosse Catholic Diocese is addressing an ever-worsening shortage of priests by developing a strategic contingency plan.

The declining number of priests has long been an issue in the diocese, according to Ben Nguyen, chancellor and spokesman. In 1965, there were 310 priests, a number that had dropped to 103 by last year, Nguyen said. Projections for 25 years from now call for 82 active priests.

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"We're having to make do with less," he said Thursday.

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