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.”