National Catholic Reporter – January 25, 2018
The Association of United States Catholic Priests (AUSCP) endorsed a resolution at their June 2017 convention urging U. S. Bishops to employ lay workers, deacons and religious to lead parishes under the direction of ordained pastors. This resolution was prompted by a steady decline in the number of U. S. priests available to serve parishes, while the Catholic population has continually increased.
Statistics published by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) indicate that of the 17,156 U.S. Parishes, more than 3,500 have no resident Pastor. The AUSCP members who prepared the resolution also shared their belief that the priest shortage is contributing to the growing number of non-practicing Catholics in the United States.
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