From the Archdiocese of L.A.’s site.
It has taken the shortage of priestly and religious vocations to awaken in us an appreciation of a broadly based shared ministry and a realization that it is in the nature of the Church as the Body of Christ to be endowed with many gifts, ministries and offices. What some refer to as a "vocations crisis" is, rather, one of the many fruits of the Second Vatican Council, a sign of God’s deep love for the Church, and an invitation to a more creative and effective ordering of gifts and energy in the Body of Christ. This is a time of great challenge and opportunity in the Church, not least of all because the gifts of the lay faithful have been flourishing in unprecedented numbers and in unforeseen ways. [Emphasis added.] [Via Thoughts of a Regular Guy]
As Paul said "Priests? We don’t need no stinkin’ priests!" So by this very odd reasoning I guess those diocese that are much more faithful to the magisterium and are bursting with vocations to the priesthood and religious life are not experiencing "a sign of God’s deep love for the Church." I guess the sign of filled seminaries is a sign of God’s wrath to those diocese. I guess the countries of Africa and the country of India is also missing out on "a sign of God’s deep love for the Church" since the growth of vocations is diminishing their chance for an effective reordering. Sure less access to the sacraments is really something to be called a fruit. I mean what can a priest do that lay ministerial assistants can’t do besides minor points like hear confession, celebrate the Mass, give the Sacrament of the Sick, etc, etc. I mean we don’t need any of this "Pray to the lord of the harvest" nonsense anymore when we can just create pastoral assistants.
This statement on the Archdiocese website is so full of spin that it would make a gyroscope dizzy. Though on the bright side maybe it is evidence that Mr Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf who declared "Baghdad is safe" while American troops were fighting in the background found a nice job writing copy for the Archdiocese of L.A.