A Changing Church

Stephen White of Catholic University looks at the high number of priests who are responding, “No, thank you” to the call to become a bishop.

“Many of our bishops find themselves in an almost impossible position. They are expected to be pastoral and personable – smelling like their sheep, and all that supposedly good stuff – while spending an inordinate amount of time and energy on the administrative and bureaucratic demands of their office. These days, lest we forget, those duties might well include thankless jobs like navigating a diocese through bankruptcy, or shuttering dozens of parishes, or dealing with grand jury investigations.”

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