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For New England Catholics and anyone else... [Jul. 15th, 2007|07:43 pm]
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The Archdiocese of Boston is facing a shortage of priests. Am I surprised? Not too much.

Link here: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO57459/

I am wondering if they know why. And maybe they do know, they just don't want to admit it. Personally, I think it's because people still haven't gotten over the sex abuse scandal and the whole idea of a vow of chastity.

Any thoughts?

[User Picture]From: sistermeg
2007-07-16 07:54 pm (UTC)
(this rage is not directed at you, but:) Nothing makes me angrier than people who conflate the shortages of priests/church closings with the sex-abuse crisis. We have had a crisis in the number of priests for decades. On the news this morning there was a commentator (who I usually like very much) who responded to this story with "they are closing a church in my neighborhood and I will never put another dollar in the basket because of that" WHAT??? That has nothing to do with this.

There are shortages of priests everywhere, as another person wrote. My suspicion is that the general trend in seminaries across the country is to discern impediments and not vocations. We have gotten so hung up on why certain people can't be priests that we are not nurturing the genuine desire to serve and live a life for others that is behind the call to priesthood.
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