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Agree
49% (102 votes)
Disagree
47% (98 votes)
Other
5% (10 votes)
Total votes: 210
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

it could happen we go without some daysz our we have super size churches,that would be allright with me.....

Submitted by Stan (not verified) on

Our priest shortage is largely the result of progressive bishops rejecting candidates for being too conservative, as has happened here several times in Rochester. These problems will slowly resolve as more orthodox bishops are appointed. Young men answer the call when the sacraments are celebrated with reverence, not when Sr. Nancy runs the parish and bosses around the priests as a pastoral administrator.

I suggest visiting some recent surveys of priests. The shortage doesn't have to do with "progressive" bishops rejecting "conservative" candidates. In fact, the numbers of what you would call "conservative" or "orthodox" priests are rising. Regarding bishops, one only needs to look at the voting trends among U.S. bishops now versus the in the early nineties to see that they have become more conservative as a whole. The results of this shift haven't had the affect that some calling for more so-called "orthodoxy" in the church would like.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

"The shortage doesn't have to do with "progressive" bishops rejecting "conservative" candidates. "

Tell that to my brother, a good and holy man turned away because he did not support the ordination of women in the Diocese of Rochester.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

There is indeed a shortage of priest. It is probably high time to seriously consider Viri Probati. The implementation, however, has to be carefully studied in order to obscure the negative side- effects. Problems are not doctrinal but pastoral and disciplinary in nature.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I disagree. Restore orthodoxy and these artificially induced shortages will greatly disappear.

Submitted by Darcy Wharton (not verified) on

Creating mega-sized parishes is NOT the answer. We must consider opening up the priesthood to married priests or to women in order to never go one week without the Eucharist.