I've accumulated quite a few posts on this subject, so here is something of a guide to them.
My latest series on addressing the priest shortage by focusing on evangelization
- Part 1: The problem of priests - yes we do need to rethink parish structures;
- Part 2: Get radical: big change is needed and that requires leadership!;
- Part 3: Know where you are, where you want to be, and how much progress you are making;
- Part 4: Reform of the reform to send the right messages about the nature of the priesthood;
- Part 5: Catholics need to get into the evangelization mindset.
- Bishops should make promotion of vocations their priority - seminarians by diocese size as a measure of performance;
- What we need to encourage is lay leadership, not lay ministry;
- The Pope to bishops: make vocations your priority; no lay led parishes;
- Welcome those (soon to be ex) Anglicans...;
- Restore traditional practices like Friday abstinence;
- Introduce greater transparency;
- promote religious life;
- recruit permanent deacons.
A number of Australian bishops and assorted supporters have made statements or put out programs to restructure their dioceses with a greater emphasis on lay leadership:
- treament of priests in Broken Bay;
- Canberra-Goulburn - Archbishop Coleridge proposes moving away from the traditonal parish-convent-school model;
- Canberra-Goulburn - promoting 'lay ecclesial ministry'!
- Fr Michael Kelly and the perils of congregationalism.
- The Wilkinson 'Report' - useful data on state of the Church, but oh dear, those solutions!
- whither Canberra-Goulburn (according to Bishop Power)?
- and see also the post above on the Wilkinson report.