Although on a very low level, Spain experiences a “boom” in priestly ordinations, VaticanNews.va (March 17) reports. The biggest number of ordinations is in Madrid (3.5 million Catholics) with 14 and in Valencia (2.6 million Catholics) with 10 ordinations.
What VaticanNews.va doesn't say: The diocese that, compared to its size (700’000 Catholics), has the biggest number of seminarians (45) and ordinations (7) is Alcalá de Henares.
The reason: Alcalá Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla, Bishop, 71, is the most Catholic among the Spanish bishops and no friend of Pope Francis.
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Don Juan Antonio is a magnificent bishop. I have met him personally (at a conference on Nativity figures) and he is a wonderfully kind and decent man. But he´s also very courageous and has opposed the ¨gender¨stuff, abortion, and the LGBTQRSXY...etc. Agenda. This got him a lot of attacks but he´s a brave man and for some reason Francis has been afraid to interfere with him.