A good number of us are familiar with the post-apocalyptic fiction genre, in which the human race is suddenly and vastly diminished (could due to be zombies, nukes, meteors, whatever) and the survivors have to adjust to a new way of life.
So, I’ve been thinking: how would the Church be able to adjust to such a world? There would be several implications:
- There would be far fewer people, and even fewer priests; who would ordain new ones if there were no bishop around? And what about the vows of celibacy? Stay or go?
1.5) How would sacraments be administered? Would it be like during the French Revolution, in which laypeople gathered and had a “dry Mass” (no Liturgy of the Eucharist without a priest)?
- Would efforts at evangelization be set back due to having to return to more primitive communication methods? And with that, would communication with the diocese and the Holy See be set back as well?
These are just some thoughts. Yours?
Addendum: Let’s assume that around said catastrophe, the Second Coming isn’t happening anytime soon, and this is just another event in human history.