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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