May 27, 2005

Making the Church unsafe for future vocations to the priesthood

From The [bad] Tidings:

They work well over 40 hours a week serving the spiritual needs of parishioners in both good times and bad. They're pioneers on the front lines of one-priest parishes, preparing themselves for the day they may be called to lead church communities without a resident priest.

They are pastoral associates in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and their numbers are growing. "This program is the future of the church," said St. Joseph of Carondelet Sister Carol Quinlivan, archdiocesan pastoral associate director. "

Currently, 18 pastoral associates serve in the Archdiocese, and eight more will be commissioned this fall.

According to Sister Quinlivan, "I hope parishes continue to encourage lay leadership to come forth. It reminds me of the early church. It's a very positive and exciting time."


Blogger Daniel Muller said...

It reminds me of the early church.

How? And how old are you, Sister?

2:00 PM  
Blogger Clayton said...

I had no idea that the program was so well established here.

I've been planning to write a screenplay about this sort of thing for several years now, and thought maybe I would be writing somthing "dated." It actually seems to be a rather contemporary topic, at least here in Los Angeles.

3:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No priest? CLOSE THE PARISH DOWN. If they can't produce a priest, it's not genuine.

Send these ridiculous old lady wannabees off to McDonald's where they belong. Want fries with that??

8:21 AM  

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