Poland: Polish priests come to the aid of a Europe without vocations

Source: FSSPX News

 

The British daily The Guardian revealed this month of March that the arrival of Polish workers in Great Britain would also be accompanied by the (unnoticed) arrival of Polish priests to help out in Catholic parishes.

The English journal pointed out that some sixty priests had left the Archdiocese of Krakow in the last few months for different destinations in the world. “It’s a challenge we didn’t expect and everything happened very suddenly,” explained Father Joseph Morawa, rector of the Krakow seminary.

Msgr. Peter Antony Moran, Bishop of Aberdeen, went to Poland last month to find help for the administration of parishes in the North of Scotland. Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop of Saint Andrews in Edinburgh, Scotland, explained the “vocations crisis” mainly by the reduction in the number of children in Catholic families. “If a couple only has two children, they are less likely to encourage one of them to become a priest as if they had had six, seven or eight”. Among the causes of the drop in vocations, these were also given” the lack of a spirit of sacrifice, a “false vision” of the priesthood, and the “dependence on the Internet”.

Poland remains to this day the only country in Europe where the number of vocations is growing. However, the demographic curve is beginning to decline, and vocations directors are noticing that in Poland also, seminarians and novices are showing the effects of contemporary culture, which is little disposed to the sacrifices that are required of the priesthood and the engagement in the religious life.