=ConstantineTG;7200021]Don't you think today's family sizes is partly to blame for less priests, especially in countries with low birth rates like fully industrialized nations? Because priests are celebate, fathers are likely to discourage their only son from becoming a priest because they want grandchildren bearing the family name. Unlike in the past where big families would normally have 3-5 sons or more.
Purely an opinion, but does anyone else out there think that this could be an issue with some families?
Absolutely: along with:
a HUGE decrease in Catholics atending Sunday and Holyday Mass [1970 = 73% ; 2007 =23%] and in this same PEW report the number of Catholics [self-professed] going to Confession even once a year had dropped from over 60% to about 10%
Communion in the hand and unnecessary ORDINARY ministers of Holy Communion
Priest now "on stage" facing us changing the emphasis from Christ to us.
An evident lack o piety and holiness at Mass [talking ect.]
Altar girls not just Altar boy's a primary source for future priest
The sex scandals
Far to many "feel good" homilies [afriad to offend]. When's the last time you headr a homily on SIn, Heaven and hell, on "intrinsict evils" in our time, on the Sacraments; what they mean and who can accept them?
And there are additional reasons as well.