Catholic churches in Canada and across North America are so short of priests, they are "outsourcing" hundreds of requests for special Masses to priests abroad, especially to India.
Although not many people know about it, the practice has been going on quietly for decades, says Dean Hoge, co-author of the recently released book International Priests in America.
The novel form of outsourcing eases the burden on the dwindling number of Catholic priests here, and it helps impoverished priests abroad who receive a donation of up to $15, compared to the 40 rupees, worth about $1 or so, that they would receive for a similar request in India.
Wonder if they'll outsource confessions and last rites next over the phone from Bangalore?
Source: National Post