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Priest Shortage

Education Debt and the Vocation Crisis: Prospective Priests Can No Longer Afford Poverty

Gabrielle Canon | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Gabrielle Canon

The increase in rates on federal student loans will not only impact students -- members of the Catholic Church fear this will also affect faith. Graduates with large amounts of debt will now be less likely to pursue priesthood and will contribute to a significant shortage of priests in the U.S.

Catholic Church Using Anglican Converts To Serve Parishes

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.21.2013 | Religion

Facing a priest shortage, the Catholic Church in the United States has started turning to former Anglican leaders to fill empty parishes. The numbe...

Solving The Priest Shortage

Garry Wills | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Garry Wills

We live in a time when Catholic priests are an aging and shrinking group, damaged in morale and reputation, overstretched in their monopolization of all sacramental services. What we really need are no priests.

Priest Shortage Drives Catholic Churches To Consolidate

Five Towns, NY Patch | Stephen J. Bronner | Email the Author | 9:00am | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion

“In an effort to continue the pastoral mission of the church in the Five Towns … the parishes are going to work together to provide pastoral servi...

Think You'll Need Last Rites? Better Plan Ahead

Posted 06.05.2011 | Religion

By Michael O'Malley Religion News Service CLEVELAND -- In days long gone, Roman Catholic priests regularly made deathbed house calls, even in the mid...

As Priests Decline, Deacons Step In

Religion News Service | By Daniel Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service BALTIMORE (RNS) He's performed so many funerals, they call him "Burying Joe." A recent Saturday afternoon fou...