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SHORTAGE OF PRIESTS = PRIESTLESS FUNERALS AND MAYBE WEDDINGS, EVENTUALLY

FR DUFFY

FROM THE TABLET

New propo0sals on the restructuring of parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin will buy the church between five and ten years at most because the situation is “critical”, a senior priest has warned.

Fr Aquinas Duffy, parish priest of Cabinteely, who is also Vicar Forane for up to 15 parishes in the Bray Deanery in Dublin, made his comments after it emerged that a total of 34 priests in the diocese have died since February 2020, the youngest of whom was just 52.

Anybody who works in parishes can see the structures are collapsing around us. The time for talk is over; concrete action needs to be taken,” he said. “This crisis has been coming for many years, but Covid has pushed us further over the cliff.”

He said the new move to appoint a parish priest to multiple parishes would put huge pressure on priests.

As part of its plans for radical change to offset the impact of a declining and ageing clergy, the Archdiocese of Dublin’s new strategy, “Building Hope”, has asked parishioners to identify nearby parishes with whom they can share resources in terms of finances, personnel and volunteers

PRIESTLESS FUNERALS

According to Fr Duffy, the future will see major changes such as priestless funerals, with parishes relying increasingly on lay-led liturgies.

PAT SAYS

The RC archbishop of Dublin has plenty of properties to sell.

But he has no priests and seminarians!

The Church was not founded to be a big estate agency.

It was founded to be a spiritual society.

They have plenty of money.

But few priests, no seminarians and a quickly disappearing congregation.

So what’s the point anymore?

Most Catholics do no attend Mass or church regularly anymore.

They do continue to use churches and priests for Christenings, weddings and funerals.

But that’s it because they believe. It’s only because that’s traditional and they have not found an alternative.

But the Christenings are not acts of faith. They are really just a way of naming their child so they can have a bit party.

Their weddings are not acts of faith either. They are there for the nice gothic building and their photographs of it.

The funerals are not acts of faith either. Its just that they don’t want to bury their granny in the back garden.

So the situation has devevelooed whereby priests turn a blind eye to lack of faith. The couples get the nice pics and Father gets a few quid.

By all means get your finances right.

But if the priority is not Faith and Spirituality ans Pastoral Care does the RCC ot become just another financial institution?

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