Editorial: Its time to welcome married priests
The vast majority of Catholic clergy are good and holy men. The world is a better place because of Catholic priests over the past two millennia. They have founded universities, charities, hospitals, orphanages, and helped save a billion souls.
But the sordid crimes of a small minority of clergymen and the efforts of the hierarchy to cover them up have severely tarnished the reputation of the Catholic Church and dealt a severe blow to all of her faithful.
Disgusted Catholics in the West have been leaving in droves. In the U.S., the number of Catholics has dropped by more than 3 million in the past decade.
Even more striking is the rapidly declining number of priests. The shortage has become so severe that, worldwide, there is an average of just one priest for every 3,000 Catholics.