'vocations to the priesthood have been falling in Buenos Aires on his watch, despite the fact they’re up in some other dioceses. Last year the archdiocese ordained just 12 new priests, as opposed to 40-50 per year when Bergoglio took over.'Mr. Allen reported goes on to describe the then-Archbishop's missionary vision, including that
'Perhaps the signature pastoral innovation associated with the Bergoglio years is his emphasis on putting priests into the slums and shantytowns of Buenos Aires'.But before you can put priests anywhere, there first have to be priests.
Rocco Palma does note at Whispers in the Loggia,
'it is indeed conspicuous that Papa Bergoglio's first American personnel moves – more than any other aspect of a pontificate, the place where the rubber hits the road – have both gone to priests of [the Diocese of] Lincoln',Specifically, he appointed Bishop Michael Jackels of Wichita Archbishop of Dubuque, and Msgr. John Folda, rector of Lincoln's St. Gregory the Great Seminary, as Bishop of Fargo.
'In any event, as Francis' identikit for nominees begins to emerge, both appointments reflect a premium on picks who've yielded impressive, concrete results.Around my parish and archdiocese I've often heard that better results elsewhere are solely due to unique circumstances and so we ought not reconsider our current approach even as things deteriorate. We'll see if Pope Francis has empathy or impatience with that outlook.
'On that front, Jackels' Wichita has set a national high-watermark both in priestly vocations and a stewardship-based Catholic school system believed to be the US' lone outfit that (get this) doesn't charge tuition to active parishioners, while the Lincoln seminary – whose fairly recent establishment  bucked the prevailing trend – has served as the engine behind the building of a formation group numbering over 40 men, a figure barely equaled even by most of the largest local churches on these shores.'