Why is there a lack of priests in America, I am sure this is too broad a topic to really answer in one swoop so to change it around,
when has there been an abundance of priests ? when was there a decline and can anything be drawn upon in between to come to a logical reason for an answer ?
Then if there are parts of America where priests are in need do bishops ever contact others across the nation asking if they can transfer a priest to their area ?
I look at the numbers for my state of Florida and it appears we have a good bit of priests, but it doesnt account or rather tell how many are active versus retired but looking at the numbers it appears there are more priests than churches in Florida.
Then again it also doesnt mention what these priests are doing, some could be teachers, or doing a million other things.
but again if a state is lacking in priests to serve a parish, could one contact another state/ bishop for transfers,
from what i vaguely understand priests are allowed to request a transfer but if one wanted to go to an area in of real need i suppose a priest could just present some sort of letter stating that they would be willing to volunteer to be transfered to an area of need if deemed appropriate…
and bare with me because it is almost an odd topic to an extent,
but in regards to exorcisims, I do realize not too long ago there was a confrence on this topic for Catholic Priests…
there is a process to go through to actually verify if one is possessed , discernment etc…
but would it be out line if were a priest to tell his bishop he would like to be considered to be called upon if someone does claim to be possessed.
Not that one would be actually looking forward to such an event or even looking for a fight persay, but merely stating that he is not afraid to be called upon…
would this be considered out of line ?
I would also imagine if one were to approach a priest about being possessed that there are rules to follow, in regards of contacting a bishop and proceeding from his direction…
and fyi these are just my own personal questions im not out looking for demons or anything of the sort.
lastly who does a priest go to, to confess his sins ?
I know during mass there is the washing of the hands, and the prayer is said ( and i know there is a technical name, im sorry i do not know what it is called ) I assume this prayer is a form of some kind of confession/absolution so the priest may concecrate the Eucharist,
but do priests confess to other priests ? how does that work ?
and do Priests have the right to vote for politicians ? I mean they are still Americans so that legal right i think is still there or does the Church not allow it from a Canon Law, or is it just assumed that since there is a seperation of church and state that means religious people of any faith give up that right to vote ?