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Marijan Jurčević ; Theology of Rijeka, Dislocated Studies of Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Zagreb, Rijeka, Croatia

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Jurčević, M. (2007). RAZLOZI KRIZE DUHOVNIH ZVANJA. Riječki teološki časopis, 29 (1), 49-60. Retrieved from
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Jurčević, Marijan. "RAZLOZI KRIZE DUHOVNIH ZVANJA." Riječki teološki časopis, vol. 29, no. 1, 2007, pp. 49-60. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.
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Jurčević, Marijan. "RAZLOZI KRIZE DUHOVNIH ZVANJA." Riječki teološki časopis 29, no. 1 (2007): 49-60.
Jurčević, M. (2007). 'RAZLOZI KRIZE DUHOVNIH ZVANJA', Riječki teološki časopis, 29(1), pp. 49-60. Available at: (Accessed 28 November 2021)
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M. Jurčević, "RAZLOZI KRIZE DUHOVNIH ZVANJA", Riječki teološki časopis, vol.29, no. 1, pp. 49-60, 2007. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 28 November 2021]

That the crisis for spiritual vocations exists, with no despair, it’ s enough to take a look at the number of new candidates, seminarists, divinity students and celebrants of virgin mass. The reasons for the crisis are both - extarnal and internal. The roots of spiritual crisis are socio-cultural. The external circumstances have changed. Once, most of the vocatins arised from rural, patriarchal families. Nowadays, families with more chidren are rare, but once they were the nursery for spiritual vocations. The schooling is also more accessible, today. Some years ago, the only way of scoolong was to enter the preparory, and one part of students continued and remained in spiritual vocations. There is also a relation between the fall of «live faith» and spiritual vocation. At the same time life is more comfortably in some other vocations, than spiritual. It is a time of great relativism, that is not favorable to the spiritual life, which demands a great deal of devotion and conclusiveness. Spiritual vocation demands the whole person, that is not acceptable to the pedolatric mentality (bowing to children). There can be noticed a certain fall of reputation among priests, as a result of urbanisation and secularism, as well as mass media. The new time is not a time of apathy. It warns that something sloud be changed, the spiritual identity sloud be more clear. There is no need, to destroy the old, but to build something new. As, when arising a new bridge, there is no need to destroy the old one, but interweave one in another. It is the same with creating a new spiritual identity. No need for apathy, however, but try to find a new vision. The Church has experience in such conditions. She knew how to turn pesimism into optimism, in renewal. We must insist on the image of a priest as it was once (after Tidentinum), but it is neccessary to change the internal image regarding to our modern times, not deviating from the essence of the spiritual vocation. The solution of the existing crisis is very complex. It can be solved in a balance between the Church and her services, in her mission - intellectual, spiritual, institutional, and even theological. The more the faith is live, the better is the disposition for spiritual vocation, as it is primarily motivated by faith. This vocation lives of faith that is also a strong motivation.

spiritual profession; crises; declericalisation; relativism; secularism; celibate

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