Robert says...... I think priests should be older......<quoted text>
I think the problem is that priests have had to much power thrust upon them, and their duties have had to take on epic proportions. This has sort of changed with the re-establishment of deacons.
A priest is called to be a servant. But he has duties such as administrative, being a counselor, and organizer, etc., that he cannot perform his primary duties. He is spread to thin.... In an idealic world, I think priests should be older, experienced with people, with a known backround.(Fortunately, my church has a priest who is like this. This is his "second" calling late in life.)
Michael says.......Roman catholic priests today are the oldest that the church has ever had. In america today the average age of a catholic priest is 60. The average age of a nun in america today is 70.
The most religious, conservative people in the catholic church are NOT answering the calling to the priest/sisterhood as they did in the past.
During the past 45 years upwards of 80,000 men left the priesthood, and comparable number of nuns. Why?
Doesn't this clearly indicate their is trouble brewing in the catholic church? Mass attendance is about 25%, catholics in greater numbers including many priests want optional celebacy. Priests around the world including the USA have recently created Priest Unions, Many catholics today believe its time to ordain women.
A church DEEPLY divided, and every year more parishes without a resident priest.
Catholics should be paying close attention.
Could this information, indicate the canary in the coal mine?