Question Time: What can be done to address the shortage of Catholic priests?

Question of the Week: What can be done to address the shortage of Catholic priests? Patsy McGarry, Irish Times Religious Affairs Correspondent, gives his view.

Every week we put a question to one of our contributors. This week we ask Patsy McGarry how the Catholic Church can address the shortage of priests in Ireland.

Two issues arise every time this question is raised. The first is the issue of celibacy  -  should the rules on priestly  celibacy be relaxed so as to attract more men to become priests?

The second is the question of allowing women  to become priests. The Women's Ordination Worldwide, whose  international conference took place at the weekend, in advance of Pope Francis's trip to the US, are working towards the admission of Catholic women to all ordained ministries. But  there is little prospect of this issue being addressed in Ireland any time soon.

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent, argues that the shortage of Catholic priests in Ireland is becoming a pressing matter. Relaxing the celibacy rules, and the ordination of women could alleviate matters - but are they likely?

What do you think? Watch the video and have your say below.

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