Catholic Priests Outsourced from India to US, Europe

May 2, 2005

Source: The Times of India

Wire Service: PTI

On May 2, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "It may not yet be called outsourcing but acute shortage of young priests is driving Catholic Churches in the US, Europe and Latin America to look to India, particularly Kerala, for them, church officials say. In the US and European countries, the 'greying' church phenomenon was causing concern. Youngsters were not coming forward to become priests, one reason being that catholic priests have to be celibate, Syro Malabar Catholic church spokesman Father Paul Thelekatt said. Another factor worrying the churches there was the dwindling attendance of those from the younger generation in the Sunday Mass, he said."