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Austrian bishop: 'courageous suggestions' need to encourage priestly vocations

July 01, 2014

A retired Austrian bishop has called for “courageous suggestions” to encourage more priestly vocations, saying that the faith in the Eucharist could be “drying up” if priests are not available.

Bishop Helmut Krätzl, who retired in 2008 from his duties as an auxiliary bishop in Vienna, said that “silently accepting a scarcity of the Eucharist” is “irresponsible.” He called for a discussion of new options, “including discussing that of priestly celibacy.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 02, 2014 9:32 AM ET USA

    The clergy need to remember that the faith in the Eucharist could also be “drying up” if the laity are not available. Little is happening in the Church to energize the faith of the laity, so changes in secular society are undermining Christ's message. The Church has turned inward and the clergy is preoccupied with administration and finance. Societal issues are not addressed from the pulpit. Suppose Masses were held and no one came ...