Initiatives
Future of Priestly Ministry

SACBATFutureChurch calls for national and international dialogue on the future of priestly ministry.  Dialogue about the effects of the priest shortage and its threat to our sacramental life is needed now more than ever.  According to Vatican statistics, nearly half of the world’s parishes do not have a resident priest.

Meet with your bishop in 2015 to discuss the opening the discussion on optional celibacy.

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Sign the Open Letter to U.S. Bishops asking them to open the discussion on optional celibacy.  Ask your friends to do so as well!

See Priest Shortage Statistics

Read 2003 National Study of Parish Reorganization

CARA reports that parishes are being closed rather than letting deacons or lay ministers help lead

Fewer priests, fewer parishes...what can we do?

Explore the Projects within this initiative to learn more about what we can do in this time of crisis.