Plan to alleviate Irish priests' loneliness
Ireland's priests are feeling increasingly isolated, especially in country parishes, Bishop William Walsh of Killaloe warned delegates on the closing day of the National Conference of Priests of Ireland (NCPI) earlier this month.
Dr Walsh proposed a radical solution to the deepening crisis: instead of locating one priest in each parish, a team of priests might share a single house serving a group of parishes.
Bishop Walsh said that the isolated living which was the pattern of many priests' lives was not "life-giving" and was "not in the best interest" of the communities they served.
National Conference of Priests of Ireland
Bishop William Walsh, Bishop of Killaloe (catholic-hierarchy.org)
17 Sep 2002