The Rev. Steve Angi spends time each Tuesday in Holy Family School classrooms. He also meets regularly with faculty, oversees St. Michael Center in Lower Price Hill and works to raise money for church restoration. (Craig Ruttle photo)
Imagine no priests to celebrate Mass
Catholics have worried for years about the vanishing ranks of priests Ė and now, the impact is here. A severe priest shortage here is causing parishes to close and lay people to conduct more weddings, baptisms and funerals. By decadeís end, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati expects only 100 priests to serve more than a half million Catholics, a projection thatís spurring more change than ever. In a three-day special report, The Enquirer examines whatís happening in one of the nationís most heavily Catholic regions.
IMPACT OF VANISHING PRIESTS HITS HOME
Archbishop: 'You have to change a little bit'|
Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk will meet with church leaders in June to discuss ways of dealing with a severe shortage of priests. He shared his thoughts with The Enquirer today.
PRIESTS DOING DOUBLE, TRIPLE DUTY
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DO WITHOUT PRIESTS
Women find ways past barriers to ministry|
As the church confronts a future with fewer priests, women are finding ways past the barriers to ministry. Yet women cannot be priests, a restriction that is unlikely to change.
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Local students answer the question: How can the church appeal more to young people? Their responses
What should the Catholic church do to attract more young people into the ministry?
Thirteen Catholics from across the region met recently at the Enquirer to talk about changes in the church.
What they had to say
FROM THE PEW
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati asked Catholics their opinions as it considers ways to address a severe shortage of priests. Here's a sampling of answers:
Source: The Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Full results