FALL FROM GRACE: Church’s handling of abuse scandal blamed for only six men applying to train as priests in Ireland

FALL FROM GRACE: Church’s handling of abuse scandal blamed for only six men applying to train as priests in Ireland

The startling figure is the lowest number of wannabe priests applying to study at Maynooth in the 200-year history of St Patrick’s College

[The problem is more than the “Church’s handling of abuse scandal”]

By Craig Farrell
7th September 2017

REVELATIONS that only six men have applied to train as priests in Ireland has been described as extremely “alarming”.

Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn said the church was in “a sorry state”.

The number of people applying to train as a priest in Ireland has never been lower
He blamed a lack of leadership for the lowest number of wannabe priests applying to study at Maynooth in the 200-year history of St Patrick’s College.

Mannix, himself a child victim of clerical abuse, said:

“These numbers have been declining for a long time.

“The clerical abuse issue and the institutional abuse issue have really impacted on vocation.

“The idea of people having an allegiance to the church and individuals signing up to this vocation right across the globe have dropped.

“As more allegations emerge on a global basis in different countries, people are not only failing to sign up to religious life and the priesthood, but people are also leaving in droves which is very alarming.”

The Dublin native added that the good work undertaken by members of the church in some areas was often overlooked.

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One comment on “FALL FROM GRACE: Church’s handling of abuse scandal blamed for only six men applying to train as priests in Ireland

  1. There is a narrative about the Church now which compounds this problem. On the one hand, there have been the horrible accounts of abuse by bad priests. This has to be dealt with appropriately and justly. On the other hand, the modernist movement has distorted the presentation of Catholic teachings and led to a decline in Mass attendance and sacramental observance. It is going to require heroic sanctity on the part of future priests and Catholic families to address these issues. We need spiritual leadership from the Catholic hierarchy. That seems in short supply at the moment.

    Pray for vocations and orthodox, faithful bishops.

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