I try try try to give these Synod (“walking together”) guys the benefit of the doubt, but does anyone sincerely believe that talking about married clergy is really about shortage of priests in a mission country? Really?
I can’t say that I do.
I suspect what it’s really going to be is a way for weird German theologians and bishops, using their huge economic clout in mission fields, to ram through married clergy so that they can then migrate the same back into Germany.
Thus, at the Synod, the Germans are sticking their South America Tapir’s nose under the tent.
I want to be wrong about this.
That said, I was sent a link to a site that makes an interesting point. At the site Unam Sanctam I read:
The ostensible reason the ordination of married “elders” is being discussed for the Amazon is because of a critical priest shortage in the region.
Let us set aside for a moment the fact that the ideologue of the Amazon Synod, Bishop Fritz Lobinger, has stated that the priest shortage is not the real reason for the proposal to ordain married men; let us look at the historical background of “priest shortages” in general.
The Amazon is more or less a missionary region. I do not deny there is a priest shortage there. But there have always been priest shortages in mission areas. How is this a new problem? Mission territories generally don’t have the population density or Catholic base to produce a sufficient level of indigenous priests. This is why evangelical efforts in mission countries have typically been spearheaded by foreign priests supported by subscriptions or donations from the faithful in more thoroughly Christianized areas. This is just common sense.
There’s more but that’s the essential part.
There have always been a shortage in mission countries. The shortage stops when it isn’t a mission country anymore. Right?
Wouldn’t a strong sign that a country isn’t a mission territory anymore be that produce locally an adequate number of priests for replacement and growth?
These USA, by the way, are a mission country.
Germany is a mission country for sure. So, if the Amazon, which is a mission country, then why not Germany and these USA?
I need to revive that old project I thought up the last time this topic boiled to the surface. I think it was called “P-Harmony”, a dating service for priests to meet prospective wives. Because, as you know, priests… gosh… what a catch we are. Don’t line up all at once, ladies.