Over at the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, I saw a story about a priest who died. He had been parish priest, pastor as it is called in the USA, for 34 years.
The pastor of what became my home parish was in place for 33 years. He accomplished some great things.
He had time to accomplish great things.
In many places assignments given to priests are term limited, sometimes 6 years, sometimes extended to 12. Is that really long enough to get to know people, the place and undertake important objectives? Also, if the priests are constantly moving, could that undermine the role of the priest in the parish under his charge?
Having term limits can cut both ways.
In any event, may Mgr Thomas Fallon of St Francis of Assisi church, Handsworth in Birmingham rest in peace.