Monday, March 5, 2012

Pastoral care, parishes, pastors

It seems that whenver the topic of personnel at parishes emerges, concern about pastoral care is the top priority.

People seem upset, let along angry about the many closures, clustering and merging of parishes due to a shortage of clergy, among other cited reasons.

Any other organization with such a major problem of lack of personnel would have addressed this decade-old problem.

Why is there such a lack of imagination?

Are American bishops addressing this issue with the Vatican?

Some people indicate that perhaps the church must die in order for it to rise again in some viable form.

For centuries, issues have been resolved.

Why not now?

Where is the leadership to make the church thrive again as it has in the past?

Who will help stop a venerable church from imploding?

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