Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Church looks overseas for priests

A drop in the number of Australians choosing to enter the priesthood has prompted the Catholic Church to search overseas.

Rockhampton's Catholic Bishop, Brian Heenan, is visiting India this week to find priests who would consider moving to central Queensland.

He says there are a number of reasons why young Australians have not been interested in taking up the priesthood.

"In today's age, recompense or high wages are a factor," he said.

"Young people also like to go and take up many of the professions that are available to them. The other thing too is celibacy - that if one offers himself for the priesthood it's seen as a commitment to remain single so that the person can give themselves completely to the mission."

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