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Priest shortage

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 Contents - May 2005AD2000 May 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Challenges facing John Paul II's successor Benedict XVI - Michael Gilchrist
'Santo Subito': the impact of John Paul II - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Year of Eucharist: Religious education: Catholic youth have their say - Shannon Donahoo
Catholic beliefs and practices: the challenge ahead for Australia - Michael Gilchrist
The Da Vinci Code and the itching ears syndrome - John Young
UK survey: why church pews are emptying
St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, a spiritual oasis in London - Tess Livingstone
Bioethics: IVF and embryonic stem cell research: the social and ethical issues - Kerrie Allen
Letters: Appeal to the young - Justin Lynch
Letters: God's Champion - Robert Garrett
Letters: Theology at ACU - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Overseas priests - Jenny Bruty
Letters: Priest shortage - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Heroic virtue - Bob Denahy
Letters: Catholic education - Geoff Storey
Letters: Private revelations - Anne Boyce
Letters: Sex before marriage - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Society of St Pius X - Stephen McInerney
Letters: Ecclesial unity - Meg Fennell
Letters: Correcting pastoral blunders - Kevin McManus
Letters: Catholic hymns - Dolores Lightbody
Letters: Latin Mass Times in Hobart - Kevin Tighe
Letters: Corpus Christi Procession in Brisbane - Josie Mangano
Books: Sacred and Secular Scriptures / The Catholic Revival in English Literature - David Birch (reviewer)
Books: A GENTLE JESUIT: Philip Caraman SJ, by June Rockett - George Russo (reviewer)
Books: Remembering Pope John Paul II
Reflection: Pope John Paul II and the redemptive power of suffering - Fr Paul Stuart
The topic of ordaining married men was raised in the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin of 24 March. Bishop Brian Heenan was reported as supporting the idea as a solution to the declining numbers of priests in his diocese, although some years ago he made retirement of priests compulsory at age 70 instead of 75, and continues to oppose the use of overseas priests.

Meanwhile, statistics show that there are generally more priestly vocations in dioceses where orthodox values and practices are encouraged and supported.

Rather than call for married priests or encourage greater use of lay people to administer the sacraments, the Rockhampton Diocese should be promoting more vigorously such devotions as the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration as a means of fostering vocations.

Young men considering the possibility of a priestly vocation are more likely to take the next step if the spiritual environment in which they must minister in the future is strongly orthodox.

JEFF HARVIE
Rockhampton, QLD

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 4 (May 2005), p. 13

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