Failure to publish changes [such as priestly retirements and leaves of absence – with some never to return] hides Dublin diocesan difficulties – priests

Failure to publish changes [such as priestly retirements and leaves of absence – with some never to return] hides [Dublin] diocesan difficulties – priests

No new students entered clerical formation from the archdiocese this year.

[A microcosm of the macrocosmic Church in Western Europe, North America, and Australasia]

Greg Daly October 19, 2017

The repeated failure to publish annual clerical changes is having the effect of hiding how the Archdiocese of Dublin is struggling with serious manpower shortages, clergy have said.

2017 will be the second successive year when diocesan changes have not been made public, concealing the extent to which sick and retiring clergy are not being replaced across the diocese.

Late developments in terms of priests falling ill or needing time out had affected the process, one priest told The Irish Catholic.

“There were three or four of those, and all you need is three or four to wreck the whole thing because it has a knock on effect,” he said, adding: “Increasingly we have an aged profile of priests in the diocese and we have guys who are starting to show serious signs of mental and physical burnout, and therefore as early as Christmas and as late as July and August, Archbishop (Diarmuid) Martin’s headache is twisting and turning constantly,” he said.

Shortage

A second priest said the failure to publicise changes is obscuring how bad the diocese’s manpower shortage is.

“It’s very hard to discern what exactly is happening,” he said, adding that declining religious practice has not offset vocational shortages. “The work has increased, insofar as even if people are not coming to Mass every Sunday, or even just once or twice a year, when they die or when they want a child baptised or that sort of stuff, they still come to the parish,” he said.

Complexity

While acknowledging the complexity of clerical changes, another priest described the failure to publicise changes as “irritating”, and damaging to diocesan transparency.

“It doesn’t help what all of us are trying to do is help people be aware that the changing dynamics, particularly in numbers of clergy and appointments of clergy,” he said, adding: “At the moment we don’t have enough priests staffing for the appetite of the people for ministry and service.”

A fourth priest said: “I think people are not aware of how serious it is. If you go through our parishes here and look at the priests, most of them are people are semi-retired.” The diocese, he said, is “going off a cliff”.

No new students entered clerical formation from the archdiocese this year.

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  1. [Another microcosm of the macrocosmic Church in Western Europe, North America, and Australasia]

    NY’s Cdl. Dolan Calls for Fewer Masses

    NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant) – As the Church in the West approaches an impending statistical collapse, the archdiocese of New York is trying to downsize the number of Mass times.

    In an October 29 parish bulletin, Msgr. Joseph Giandurco of St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown Heights, New York, penned a letter about the smaller number of Mass times for Christmas and New Year’s. “Many Catholics in the archdiocese of New York are not aware that Cdl. Dolan has asked all pastors to try to cut down on the number of Masses in all our parishes,” he explained.

    The monsignor regrets the cuts to Mass times and notes that a priest who usually assists the parish on weekends will be out of town for Christmas and New Year’s. The bulletin letter also warns that St. Patrick’s Church could see a permanent Mass reduction in the future.

    Saint Patrick’s has two places where Mass is offered, a “Main Church” and a “Stone Church.” The parish is run by three priests and Msgr. Giandurco is the pastor, while Fr. John Wilson and Fr. Christian Amah are parochial vicars.

    The Main Church features one Saturday Vigil Mass and five Sunday Masses; the Stone Church has two Masses every Sunday morning. On weekdays, the parish has an average of two Masses and two confession times per day.

    One of the Sunday Mass times in the Stone Church, Msgr. Giandurco says, might come to an end in autumn 2018.

    The archdiocese’s reduction policy, Msgr. Giandurco writes, is based on “fewer people coming to Mass,” “fewer priests available” and the “rising costs for everything involved in having too many Masses.”

    The New York archdiocese, under the leadership of Cdl. Timothy Dolan, was rocked by scandal in 2015 and 2016 when parishioners went public about the embezzlement and perversion of archdiocesan priest Fr. Peter Miqueli. The priest stole donation money from numerous parishes and used it to pay off a gay prostitute, among other things.

    Church Militant reported last week on a recent round of priestly sex abuse settlements involving the archdiocese of New York and the diocese of Brooklyn. The two dioceses paid a total of $1.8 million to five men and one woman who were sexually abused by priests.

    Cardinal Dolan has come under fire on various occasions for failing to defend Catholic sexual morality.

    In 2015, he served as Grand Marshal in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, despite the parade committee welcoming an out-and-proud homosexual organization. Within a year, a second homosexuality-endorsing group joined the parade.

    During a televised interview in 2014, Cdl. Dolan gave a congratulatory “bravo” to openly gay NFL draftee Michael Sam. Subsequently, in January 2015, Sam proposed to his gay lover at the top of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

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