The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston addressed its priest shortage by changing the retirement age from 70 to 75. The new rules apply to priests who turn 70 after Aug. 1. If they must retire for health reasons, they’ll receive “senior priest” status. Since the 1960s, Boston has seen its priestly ranks decline 50 percent, from about 1,500 to 756. Forty-four percent of those priests are 70 or older.
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