Importing foreign priests is not the answer to the vocations crisis

Robert Mickens, 
Letter from Rome
 
In April, Pope Francis ordained 11 new priests for the Diocese of Rome at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter—Good Shepherd Sunday, also the 55th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The pope also ordained five other men for two different religious orders.
 
However only five of the 11 new priests are Italians, having done their formation at the diocese’s major seminary. The other six are non-Italian members of the Neo-Catechumenal Way who did their preparation for ministry at the movement’s Redemptoris Mater Seminary and will likely be sent abroad to work in one of its many...