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We are Not Short of Priests!

posted 7 Jul 2016, 20:52 by Bulletin Team   [ updated 18 Aug 2016, 16:57 by SysAdmin Lakes Parish ]

For many years I have heard the claim, not only by some Bishops, but more especially by laity asserting, “We are so short of priests!”

In many ways, I thought that this argument is putting things the wrong way around. Like Pope Francis, I believe that there is not a shortage of priests, 
but, really a shortage of Catholics. 
We are not short of cultural Catholics, but the variety that Pope Francis calls, ‘missionary disciples’
On 17th May, 2016, Pope Francis gave an exclusive interview to the French Catholic La Croix newspaper. In the broad-ranging conversation 
with journalists Guillaume Goubert and Sébastien Maillard for La Croix, Pope Francis discussed matters ranging from healthy secularism 
and the right way to understand and live according to the Church’s universal missionary mandate, to the idea of Europe in relation to the migration crisis 
and the possibility of peaceful coexistence among Muslims and Christians
On the issue of priestly vocations the Pope was asked:

Question: As elsewhere, the Church in France is experiencing a serious crisis of priestly vocations. How is it possible to manage today with so few priests?

Pope Francis: Korea provides a historical example. That country was evangelized by missionaries from China who later left. 
Then, for two hundred years Korea was evangelized by lay people. It is a land of saints and martyrs that now has a strong Church.

So there is not necessarily a need for priests in order to evangelize. Baptism provides the strength to evangelize. And the Holy Spirit, received at baptism, 
prompts one to go out, to take the Christian message with courage and patience. The Holy Spirit is the protagonist of whatever happens in the Church, its motor. 
Too many Christians are ignorant of this.

On the other hand, the opposite danger for the Church is clericalism. This is a sin committed by two parties, like the tango! 
The priest wants to clericalize lay people and lay people request to be clericalised because it's easier.