Here’s some not so good news that is completely unsurprising.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says no men have applied for its seminary program in the fall.
The Rev. Chris Murphy tells WPRI-TV it’s rare that there are no new applicants to Our Lady of Providence Seminary. Between two and six men have entered the seminary each fall over the past five years. Murphy said Tuesday the church is not in crisis mode. He says it is looking at new ways to reach men who may be thinking about priesthood.
Pope Francis previously said there is a global shortage of priests, and he blames the issue on scandals within the church and changing cultural trends.
The more you try to make the Church cool and just like everyone else, the more people will believe it. And if there’s nothing radically different about the Church, there’s no reason to make a radical decision like devoting your life to it.