Archbishop ‘conscious’ of declining clergy numbers

The Tablet reports:

The newly appointed Archbishop of Tuam has said he is “very conscious” of the declining number of clergy in the Irish Church and the “dramatic decline” in the number of men studying for priesthood.

Archbishop Francis Duffy, who will be installed as Archbishop Michael Neary’s successor on 9th January, told the Tablet that the situation in Tuam is the same as in most Irish dioceses, and that the “decline in vocations has been sustained for a number of years”. 

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  1. Joe O'Leary says:

    Declining priest numbers…

    Did the church hang itself on the noose of celibacy? The functioning of a Christian community should not be so extraordinarily complicated.

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