Independent, i.e.: More new bishops will be ordained in Ireland this year than new priests, amid a crisis in vocations, a well-known parish priest has warned. . . . It is understood that this will be the only ordination this year for the country’s 26 dioceses.
Acknowledging that Church scandals and a more secularised society have contributed to the problem, he [Fr Paddy Byrne] said church leaders now needed to “be honest, brave and courageous enough” to “name new realities”, including the ordination of women as deacons, otherwise they risked being “foot soldiers at a graveyard”.
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