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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.

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

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