German Cardinal Marx suggests lay-run parishes

German Cardinal Marx suggests lay-run parishes

[Laying the groundwork for the ordination of “viri probati” (and “mulieres probatae”?)?]

Catholic World News – March 27, 2017

Instead of closing parishes because of a shortage of priests, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has proposed to appoint lay people to administer parishes.

Cardinal Marx said that lay-run parishes would provide the German archdiocese with a way of “remaining visible locally” despite the clergy shortage. “The local Church is most significant,” he said. “We would waste a great many opportunities if we were to withdraw from our territorial roots.”

Cardinal Marx—who is president of the German bishops’ conference, and a member of the Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis—said that the Church should explore new ways to involve lay people in pastoral ministry. He also suggested attention to the possibility that mature married men could be ordained to the priesthood.

The Archdiocese of Munich, which boasts a Catholic population of over 1.7 million, has attracted only one candidate for the priesthood this year.

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2 comments on “German Cardinal Marx suggests lay-run parishes

  1. The same being adopted in England & Wales, with major church closure programmes and clergy becoming almost superfluous.

    One or two dioceses have called upon Traditional Orders to ameliorate the problem and also Eastern Rites. My own diocese appears uninterested in that option, even to including The Ordinariate. It does, however, promote visiting Mosques, Amoris Laeticia, et al.

    • [BritChurch is also celebrating the Reformation.; maybe they’ll lop the heads off of statues of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher as part of the festivities]

      English Catholics, Lutherans commemorate Reformation

      Catholic World News – March 28, 2017

      Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham joined the head of the Lutheran Church in England to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

      The commemoration took place on March 26 at St. George’s Cathedral in Southwark.

      “Through an exchange of gifts, the Spirit can lead us ever more fully into truth and goodness,” said Archbishop Longley. “By allowing ourselves to be transformed together we can hope to give a more credible witness to Christ who sends us into the world and who assures us again: You are the salt of the earth.”

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