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No Vatican plan to use laicized priests in parish ministry

Catholic World News - November 02, 2011

The Vatican has no plans to allow laicized priests to engage in some forms of public ministry, a senior Church official has told the National Catholic Reporter.

Responding to a statement by Cardinal Ivan Dias, the retired prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization, the Vatican official—who was not identified in the National Catholic Reporter story—confirmed that the Vatican has discussed proposals to allow laicized priests to become active in parish ministry. But no decision is imminent, he said. Cardinal Dias had expressed confidence that the limited use of laicized priests could ease clergy shortages.

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