While the Church grew overall in that ten year period, the number of adherents declined in 68 dioceses. The total number of active priests declined in 141 dioceses. There were no ordinations in 2005 in 48 dioceses.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee's 2005 rank was 155th in change in priests, 95th in ordinations, and 150th in receptions. Its composite rank went from 167th in 1995 to 162nd in 2005.
The author's observe,
The Church has been slow to come to terms with changes in the societal environment of the United States in which it functions, most especially the emergence of a dominant culture that is thoroughly secular. Many—too many—in positions of authority have perceived their jobs as simply to manage the decline, having become dispirited over the adversity that this new cultural environment poses.
Others have become dispirited in the sense of coming to believe the principles underlying the secular environment superior to Church teaching.
I found of particular interest,
It may strike one as superficial, but diocesan-sponsored Web sites provide significant insight into the personality of the dioceses. Good signs: easy access to substantive information for persons considering becoming Catholic, returning to the Faith, or considering a vocation. Bad signs: prominently featuring on the home page references to clergy abuse or helpful guides to making an on-line donation.
Here's our Archdiocese's web site.
(via Ten Reasons)