- Sep 24, 2020
There’s a strong case that some priests currently in Rome could be better utilized somewhere else. Nonetheless, experience over the years suggests there are at least three basic reasons why a bit of Roman seasoning often has a positive effect on priests, perhaps especially Americans.
For someone who was not raised a Catholic and a decade ago did not understand the meaning behind the phrase “vocations crisis,” Rhonda Gruenewald is a quick study.
If the Catholic Church were Microsoft or Walmart, it would have implemented a plan a long time ago to shift personnel to where its markets are growing. Instead, it’s effectively doing the opposite.
Rather than ordaining married men, a Venezuelan bishop said, another idea is that he bring some of the surfeit of priests who clog the streets of the Eternal City back with him to the rainforest.
When bishops convene in Rome this fall to begin discussions about ordaining married men to serve as priests in remote, indigenous communities in the Amazon, bishops in northern Canada will be listening closely.
The Synod on the Amazon will be debating ordaining married men to the priesthood, but there are still several questions to be answered before the celibacy rule is relaxed.