Religion: The Pulpit Squeeze

The U.S. Roman Catholic Church faces a shortage of new priests, and Jewish seminaries are just managing to catch up with the demand for rabbis. Yet at many Protestant seminaries across the nation, this year's graduating seniors are finding that even though jobs are available, the clerical market is showing signs of softening. Not too long ago, many newly minted ministers could expect to pick and choose among "calls" from four or five churches. Now they are receiving fewer offers and having to campaign more aggressively even for what were once considered less...

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