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Parish rivalry and aged clergy don’t bode well for a church running out of priests

Sarah Mac Donald


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Fr Brendan Hoban predicted the number of priests would decline significantly. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fr Brendan Hoban predicted the number of priests would decline significantly. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fr Brendan Hoban predicted the number of priests would decline significantly. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Diocese by diocese, the Catholic Church in Ireland is rolling out radical structural changes to address the disappearance of its most emblematic resource – priests. Within a decade, those ageing priests who are holding the fort will no longer be in ministry. Many, already in their 70s, will have gone to their eternal reward.

The question the faithful are asking is best summed up by the book title: Who Will Break Bread for Us?


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