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Old 11-10-2007, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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On a recent Sunday, the Rev. Robert J. McNamara of St. Bernardine of Siena Parish in Woodland Hills found himself baptizing four babies - all boys - and quipped that perhaps they would all grow up to be priests.

"The joke bombed," McNamara recalls. "The parents looked at me stone-faced. I even tried the joke a second time. It bombed a second time."

But it is no laughing matter in the Roman Catholic Church, which today finds itself with an all-time shortage of priests - so much so that many dioceses in the country are looking to Latin America to recruit seminarians.

LA Daily News - Catholic Church faces priest shortage
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Interesting story, John.

When I was growing up, in the dark ages, about 90% of my Catholic student friends wanted to either be a nun or a priest, or at least they did in 8th grade. Some of these friends did go into the life, but nowadays, I don't hear young people revering the Church or aspiring to be of the cloth or habit.

I also think many Catholics have become re-born, and the flock is shrinking. Don't have the numbers, but probably could get some figures somewhere.
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:24 PM
 
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this isn't exactly news. We have been filling the pulpits with priests from Ireland for generations. The vows of chastity haven't helped to entice males from the USA.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:08 PM
 
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this isn't exactly news. We have been filling the pulpits with priests from Ireland for generations.
The vows of chastity haven't helped to entice males from the USA.
I think that this is the biggest factor in the shortage.

The Protestant religion, and even the Greek Orthodox religion, which is incredibly similar, allow their clergy to marry. That's how it should be. I don't think there is a pastor shortage for the Presbyterians, the Baptists and other Protestant sects. In those religions, men can fulfill their need to be in an altruistic line of work and fulfill their need for emotional intimacy.

While I may be Catholic, our religion, and EVERY religion, has its flaws.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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The reason for the shortage is that its not cool for priests to play with little boys anymore. Now that the "perks" are gone the interest wanes. If Churches ever have to pay their fair share of property tax that would add to their problems.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:34 AM
 
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The Catholic Church has brought this upon itself.

Being Roman Catholic, I am ashamed of the leaders of the Church who not only hid the monsters, but transferred them from parish to parish.

It does not, however, make me want to leave the Catholic Church.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Reston
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It does seem completely hypocritical to allow married Anglican priests to convert to Catholicism and remain married, but not allow existing Catholic priests to marry. Does the Catholic church even bother to give an explanation for this?
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