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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Chicago Priest: Crisis Priest Shortage Brings 'Enlightenment'

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Father Tom "I Never Met a Cliché I Didn't Like" Belanger Father Tom "I Never Met a Cliché I Didn't Like" Belanger

The Archdiocese of Chicago will experience a dramatic loss of priests, and therefore parishes, in the next 13 years. It's estimated that 180 priests will have retired by then, but only 10 will have taken their place. Fr. Thomas Belanger, the pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Chicago, was interviewed on this grim prospect. He expects his own parish will become stronger, because:

“Enlightenment, and also not judging as quickly as we used to, but accepting people where they’re at, but also help them become stronger in their own self-identity and their lives.” 

…Um?  Well, anyway, sit back and have a look at the Springtime of Vatican II, which is just bustin' out all over the Windy City:

 

Thank you, Father, for illustrating the exact reason we’ve run out of priests to shepherd the “faith communities” of Chicago.

church emptyEnlightenment fills closed churches, not so much with people, but with light!
Isn't that enlightening?

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