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year- old clergyman also taking on this burden.112 Priests ministering in theThuringian diaspora accordingly appealed for reinforcement from the Heimat inAugust 1943, in the form of fit young clergymen.113 Given the shortage of youngpriests in Germany, these requests could not easily be granted. The pastoralactivities of priests ministering in the diaspora were accordingly often limited andincapable of embracing anywhere near all evacuated Catholics. In November1943, priests ministering to Rhenish Catholics in Saxony admitted that; ‘It is onlytoo understandable, if priests mostly look after the evacuees who have foundaccommodation in close proximity to them’.114 In early March 1945, the priestbased in Meiningen argued that ministering to roughly 16,000 Catholic evacueesin a territory of 600 square km was beyond his physical endurance.115 Thehindrances to ministry imposed by the geographic environment of the diasporarepresent a recurring theme in priests’ reports, indicating its severe impact on
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Term
Spring
Professor
MaryC.Doak
Tags
Distance, Pope John Paul II, Apostolic succession, Thuringia

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