Thinking further on Fr. Philip N. Powell vocation exhortation and the problems where some diocese seem to be spending most of their effort in creating pastoral associates to take over parishes and have priests to come in to "deliver" the sacraments instead of concentrating on praying for and encouraging vocations. I thought about the future of such an approach.
I have envisioned a couple of future dictionary terms that could be used when such practices become widespread.
Dieocease – A dieocease is an administrative territorial unit administrated by a bishop. The prominent feature of a dieocease is not necessarily a shrinking Catholic population, but a population characterized with both fewer priests and where as time goes by even less of the faithful live in accordance with Catholic teaching. A dieocease relies prominently on priests from other countries to fill their seminaries, though this starts to slowly diminish as potential seminarians see that there role will be just as SDUs (see entry under perish). Another prominent feature of a dieocease is heterodoxy or can’t-we-all-just-get-along-doxy where the attitude "Woe to me if I preach the Gospel" is prevalent. Those with Holy Orders become concerned that preaching what the Church teaches will make some people uncomfortable and that the idea of sin is highly intolerant to their flock’s self esteem. Another common parameter associated with a dieocese is that no matter how short of priests they get, they will never think of looking at a regular diocese that is filling their seminary and where vocations are flourishing and emulating what makes them successful.
Perish– A perish is a territorial subdivision of a dieocese. A perish does not have an assigned priest but a pastoral assistant instead. Priests knows as SDUs (Sacramental Delivery Vehicles) visit these perishes to deliver the sacraments from time to time and to consecrate enough hosts for Communion services throughout the month. The Entertainment/Worship (E/W) ratio of perishes is usually very high. The Holy Entertainment of the Mass is the dominant culture. Also the Relevant/Reverence (R/R) ratio is normally also in the same range E/W ratio and an E/W ration of 100/1 falls within a normal range for a perish.
Perish Mission -A annual retreat where perishioners are affirmed in their okayness.
Seminary – Empty building within a dieocease where seminarians used to be trained for the priesthood. In some instanced these buildings have been transformed into Feminaries where predominantly female Pastoral Associates are trained while waiting for a new Pope to allow women priests.
75 – A number looked forward to by some members of a diocese in that this number marks a year a bishop must offer their resignation in accord with canon law.