- Feb 25, 2011
Apparently, Michael Kelly, the editor of The Irish Catholic, was on Pat Kenny today and said that the time has come for the closure of some churches to reflect the reality of falling numbers and a shortage (and age profile) of priests.
Clearly, it's going to happen, but this is not the way I expected the discussion to start. Is he flying a kite of the bishops?Mr Kelly said the number of priests in Ireland had fallen by 500 in the past ten years.
He also quoted a professor of sociology in Maynooth, Liam Ryan, who had predicted some years ago that the Church would go the way of the gardaí and would get to the stage where youd have two priests in a squad car covering half the county.
He said the Church had not responded to the falling number of priests and instead was asking increasingly elderly priests to do more and more.