Saturday, January 19, 2013

Putting the Catholic Vocation Shortage In Its Proper Place - The United Methodist

I am a lot more optimistic about the fate of United States Methoidists than Mr Rankin but something in his piece The United Methodist Church is Imploding struck me.

As a number of our leaders have pointed out, within ten years at least half of our clergy leaders will retire or reach retirement age. Financially, we have all but exhausted our reserves. We have reached our limits. Institutionally, we are dying.

The Vocation shortage in the Catholic Church is often talked about but the Vocation shortage among many mainstream vanguard Protestant Churches is not.

The Methodist situation is again another reminder that the real problem that Catholics have as Vocations is perhaps not really about celibacy but something much much deeper. Something that is perhaps  shared among American Christians Catholics and Protestants alike.

Untill  that is combatted  saying the solution is married Priests might be in the end like treating a brain tumor with asprin


Rick67 said...

This is where we need some clarity. Okay so all these clergy are retiring. *And* our financial reserves are gone.

So are we running out of clergy? or are parishes/denominations running out of money?

And if both which is the more immediate problem?

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