On hearing this news, my own priest looked at the latest Catholic Directory for Scotland. In 2014, there were three priests ordained for Scotland. That year in Scotland, 22 priests died. It is obvious that Scottish priests are not being replaced, and this is an era of freedom and opportunities for Catholics unparalleled since the Scottish Reformation.
As we all know, the catastrophic drop in numbers of priests is not confined to Scotland where, after all, Catholics are only 16 per cent of the national population. Although some American states — most notably Nebraska — are unusually rich in priestly vocations per Catholic capita, California is not among them. And, as we read last week, one priest in San Francisco decided to encourage vocations to the California priesthood by creating a boys-only altar service program. Result? Media hysteria.