The traditional way Roman Catholic priests are trained,
and who can and who cannot become one,
is culturally irrelevant
and, given current realities,
it has shaped a grim future for the Catholic Church.
A key, if generally unacknowledged, force driving massive parish closings
is the shortage of
quasi-celibate, non-gay, subservient male clerics
to lead these parishes.
In the next ten to twenty years,
it will bring a crisis in church life
that no one can easily picture.
Like a struggling car producer,
seminaries need to retool entirely,
so they can produce a higher volume of more agile new models,
needed by Catholics
today and not in the Middle Ages.
Roman Catholic Seminary formation
has become an outdated irrelevant process
designed to staff a medieval system
that is decades overdue
for a fresh and courageous approach,
lacking among Church leadership.