Roman Catholics: Help Wanted

On a special Sunday of prayer for religious vocations last week, Pope Paul VI told a crowd in St. Peter's Square that "the church has great need, quantitatively and qualitatively, of brothers and sisters who will give their lives for the kingdom of God." The Pope's plea came two days after four curial cardinals held a rare press conference to cite statistics showing how severe is the shortage of priests in the church. "Why conceal the fact," said Gabriel Cardinal Garrone, head of the Congregation for Catholic Education, "that our concern is keen and profound?"

Church authorities estimate that ideally...