Fall Off In Priests


The Bishop of Ferns has expressed concern for the future of the church due to lack of vocations to the prioesthood

Bishop Denis Brennan said the lack of new entrants to the priesthood is one of the biggest challenges facing the Catholic Church

The Bishop of Ferns told diocesan vocation directors in Maynooth that abuse scandals had poisoned the well but the cultural shift had begun before then

Fifty years ago in the mid nineteen sixties 441 priests were ordained in one year now its down to 12 or 13

The effect on this on the church and how to rethink its ministry should not be underestimated Bishop Brennan said

The bishops have agreed in principle to set up a National Office for Vocations to rejuvwenate the call to the priesthood at diocesan level

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