In the long run, the church will not be able to avoid issues such as women's ordination and who can take over the leadership of priestless communities, Schüller said.
A new study from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate shows that growth of the Catholic population has been uneven around the world.
Editor's perspective: As parish after parish closes, all ecclesial authorities seem to do is wring their hands and pray that more men answer the call to a celibate priesthood.
NCR Today: Holy Land trip round up; What to do with old churches? The priest shortage (have you seen that headline before?); Buffalo Catholic schools.
Grace on the Margins: Members of the New York Metro chapter of Call to Action learned about their rights and responsibilities when facing a parish merger or closure.
We say: A shift in demographics, including drops in the number of priests, is changing the face of U.S. Catholicism.