- Jan 28, 2020
The priest shortage has been a major concern for the Catholic Church as today there is only one priest for every 1,800 Catholics in the U.S. But married priests may not provide the necessary solution. This article explores the reasons that led to celibate priests and the possible alternatives to foster vocations.
The Vatican released statistics showing that the evergreen problem of priest shortages still persists. However, the one bright spot is on the African continent which continues its “positive trend” in providing more vocations and more Catholics as a whole.
Pope Francis has been particularly open to hearing proposals for the ordination of married men and in Rome last November, as his Year of Mercy drew to an end, he also met with men who had left the priesthood to marry and have their own families.
While there were almost 20,000 Catholic priests in Germany in 1990, today their number has dropped to 14,000, and all signals suggest the decline will continue — with some saying the drop indicates the need for reform, and others suggesting it’s been artificially induced in order to change the Church.