Loading
Scotland parishes closing due to few home-grown priests, declining church attendance

.- The Archbishop of Edinburgh has announced the need to close parishes in light of a significant priest shortage and declining church attendance. He said the “root of the problem” is that Scottish parishes weren’t producing enough home-grown priests.

In a pastoral letter issued Sunday, Cardinal Keith O'Brien laid out a radical restructuring plan, which involves redrawing parish boundaries and creating parish clusters that will share a pastor. The letter also calls for a consultation. Parishioners will also be asked to do more to keep parishes going.

Church officials say the faithful will have to get used to the idea of traveling long distances to church, just as they drive to their local out-of-town shopping center.

Figures show that the number of active priests in the diocese is expected to fall from 63 to 34 in 10 years. The average age of priests in Scotland is above 60, and there are very few new vocations. The cardinal has already called for older men to consider becoming priests, including widowers.

Furthermore, religious practice has dropped in the country. The number of practicing Catholics is a little more than 200,000 - down 20 percent since the mid-1990s. In the last decade, the number of Catholic couples in Edinburgh baptizing their children has also dropped, from 1,910 to 1,075.

"The fact remains: we are not producing enough home-grown Scottish priests. That is the root of the problem,” Cardinal O’Brien reportedly said. "Catholics have been spoilt by the fact that we had a huge influx of Irish clergy who sustained the Scottish Church when it wasn't sustaining itself.” He also thanked the missionary priests from Poland, Malta and Africa.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Glasgow - Scotland's largest diocese - said there was no need for similar reorganization at this time.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Jul
27

Liturgical Calendar

July 27, 2014

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:44-52

Gospel
Date
07/27/14
07/26/14
07/25/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Kings 3: 5, 7-12
Second Reading:: Rom 8: 28-30
Gospel:: Mt 13: 44-52

Saint of the Day

St. Panteleon »

Saint
Date
07/27/14
07/25/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:44-52

Homily
Date
07/27/14
07/26/14
07/25/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: