Ireland will have no Catholic priests in twenty years predicts a senior cleric
Fr. Brendan Hoban claims disaster is facing the Catholic Church in Ireland
Catholic priests in Ireland will have almost disappeared within the next two decades, a leading cleric has claimed.
Fr Brendan Hoban, a founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) states in his new book that the Church is facing a massive vocation crisis.
“Ireland’s priests will have almost disappeared in 20 years,” he said
In his book ‘Who Will Break Bread for Us?’ Fr Hoban states that in his native Killala diocese in Co. Mayo, “For 22 parishes, there are now seven priests under 55. Spool on for two decades and there will be seven (or thereabouts) under 75.”
When he entered the priesthood in 1966, “Of the 84 who went to Maynooth, 20 were from the western dioceses; of the 12 in first year in Maynooth none is from the west.”
His new book is dedicated to six priests who have been silenced or threatened with silence by the Vatican, Fr Brian D’Arcy, Fr Seán Fagan, Fr Tony Flannery, Fr Gerard Moloney, Fr Iggy O’Donovan and Fr Owen O’Sullivan, the Irish Times reports.
The Irish priest says that in seven years Tuam archdiocese will have “50 priests for 55 parishes and 10 years on from that, in 2030, there will be just 30 Tuam priests, most of them elderly.”
In 1990, he stated, “There were 525 students studying for the diocesan priesthood in Ireland; in 2013 there are 70.”
He continues: “We don’t need to have 20-20 vision to see this particular train coming down the track. All we need to do is to be able to count . . . Ireland’s priests will have virtually disappeared in 20 years.”
15 - 64 | See all comments
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- Nelson Mandela once considered a terrorist...
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
- Unionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Hollywood star Gabriel Byrne brands new Pope...
- Irish students told “No Irish Need Apply”...
- Website attracts 80,000 Irish people ready...
- Top ten negative terms used to describe Irish...
Did any body notice how quick Independent.ie pulled all the negative comments about past & present corrupt politicians that ruined Ireland ?? EndaGay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying for same-sex marriage license
You cannot be a teacher in today's world without caring deeply for the welfare of the next generation and supporting the education systems we work inGay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying for same-sex marriage license
Love is love Chuck and it should be enjoyed by all, even you. I said the Catholic church, I don't know what you read, God only knows what is in your lThe mystery of Celtic and Irish symbols
The Tri-Colour was created by Thomas Meagher (Meagher of The Sword)1847? Native,Peace, New Comers.