For those of us who uphold the centrality of the Eucharist, this still has issues (the phenomenon of circuit riding priests for Mass) but it is definitely a move in the right direction. –TSV
“Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced plans to allow laypeople in his Archdiocese of Munich to lead parishes where there are no priests.
“In doing so he has strongly rejected the increasingly common option of coping with the dwindling number of ordained ministers by combining or “clustering” parishes.
‘”The 63-year-old cardinal is a top aide and advisor to Pope Francis.
“He recently told the 180 members of Munich’s diocesan council – it’s most important lay body – that it was important to preserve individual parishes as a way of guaranteeing the Church’s presence locally.” Read more here.