Sunday 25 June 2017

Shortage of priests leaves the Church in a real predicament

The tradition of there always being a priest available to say Mass in any church has already died out. Stock Image
The tradition of there always being a priest available to say Mass in any church has already died out. Stock Image

Malachi O'Doherty

There is a shortage of priests everywhere, certainly all over Ireland.

In some countries the priest is peripatetic. He moves from parish to parish, stopping for a day to consecrate enough wafers of the Eucharist bread to supply the masses for weeks ahead. He then leaves it to the lay servers or Eucharistic ministers to distribute them.

The tradition of there always being a priest available to say Mass in any church has already died out.

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