Irish church fast running out of priests as vocation crisis worsens
Niall O’Dowd @niallodowd April 19, 2017 04:39 AM
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WANTED: Clean-living young men for a long career. Women need not apply. Responsibilities: spiritual guidance, visiting the sick, public relations, marriages (own marriage not permitted).
Hours: on call 24/7.
Salary: basic stipend only.
Such was the way Time magazine a few years back illustrated how the Catholic Church in Ireland needed to regenerate itself. The ads went pretty much unanswered.
At the time Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said, “If more young priests aren’t found quickly, Ireland’s parishes may not have enough clergy to survive.”
According to a 2007 study, about half of all priests in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland were aged between 55 and 74. Ten years later they are overwhelmingly over 65, with many ministering into their eighties.
There are approximately 100 young men studying for the priesthood in Ireland, down from 600 just a few decades ago. The crisis is indeed mounting.
There is more bad news for the Church this week with vocations in one diocese at zero, and more confirmation of a quickly aging population of priests among those currently working in the parishes.
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I can’t say as I am surprised.
“Popular culture” has been captured by the “Secular Progressives”. The institutional Church has lost its moral authority. And, what’s probably the worst, the clergy has bought into “social justice”, Gooferment welfare, and “everybody is a victim of the rich”.
I’m not sure how this ends, but like most things I think it just silently fades away.
When the Church becomes ideologically aligned with “the King”, it has no real purpose. The Church was always the counterbalance to “the King” and prevented worship of the State aka Gooferment.
Now, we can just watch the “Death Spiral”.
I still maintain that the Church in America’s “death kneel” was when it didn’t fight Gooferment Skrules. That put the Catholic parents in the unenviable position of paying heavy taxes to teach their children “Secular Progressive” dogma. All was lost at that point. The rest is just history.
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Same to when the State took the Catholic youth and brainwashed them. All with the blessings of the American Catholic bishops, educators, and intellectuals.
We can only pray for a “reformation” and, if it’s to happen at all, it begins with the laity’s children.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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