|UK||CARDINAL SAYS PRIEST SHORTAGE WILL DRIVE CHURCH TOWARDS PROTESTANTISM|
Catholics will be starved of the sacraments without an influx of new priests, Belgium's most senior Catholic churchman has warned.
Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Mechelen-Brussels said the vocation crisis would wipe out the church's sacramental traditions in Western countries.
The 66-year-old cardinal predicted that Catholics would become like Protestants, forced to rely more on the Bible and less on the seven sacraments of the church.
The cardinal's comments came during an interview with the British Catholic weekly Catholic Times at St. Philip's University Church, Salford, England.