The Glory and Dignity of the Priesthood
Many of you who read me, would I think, and it is very likely to be a valid observation on my part, I do not like priests. I can honestly claim there are only two I had no use for whom I met personally. There are of course those who using their authority prey upon others, those children and the easily persuaded amongst us. There was one priest with his constant washing of his hands as he stood in the sanctuary at the altar, who was moved by something which gave me a very cold feeling and annoyed me. I did write to the local ordinary on this matter but as usual like many Bishops one hears of in the Church today, he forgot he was my shepherd. Many times from the early 2000's I reminded him of his "plight" to no avail.
The priesthood for me should consist of the finest flower of the young men in the Catholic Church, (but is it today?). This fact is undeniable and this I will never question. Look at the act of self denial these youngsters make, giving up a chance of a family and friends whom they can trust. They surrender a life surrounded by those who daily demonstrate love for their father, husband, and friend. They really do surrender a life that is appealing and comfortable, to a life where they cannot trust many.
What then is my irritation directed towards, because obviously I am moved to derision and distrust? I am not the only one and this annoys me too. Why be quiet when we know salvation is moving away from our brothers and sisters in Christ. Simply said we all let these young men down and there is no one as bad amongst us as their so-called spiritual father, the local ordinary in all cases. I heard one time from an impeccable source who has been proved right so many times, I heard of a high ranking prelate who wanted to share a bed with his priests as it made him feel more like a father. I never had that feeling once. When my boys had reached that age when they started to show their independence and loose the fright of things that go bump in the night, it stopped and suffice to say I was quite glad. I could never imagine anyone allowing their daughters to share a bed with them once they had started to reach a childish feminine maturity.
What then does irritate me? It is when the lack of guidance in the proprieties and directions that Jesus took us is not passed on to these young men and neophytes at the start of their journey into the priesthood. They never receive the help to become what they should and in many cases today they do not know, nor are they taught, if they ever have been taught our catechetical faith. You all know how I feel about some of the religious programs in our schools and churches. The deliberate ignorance of the teachers who do not wish to teach the catechetical teachings of the Church but only some new found products of recent history. They in their way turn from the oral tradition of the Apostles. They do so with the connivance, known or unknown of bishops who know full well the errors. I have heard some very unusual opinions from young deacons and new priests in their homilies which are quite astounding, all from the protestant formation these young men have obviously undergone. "Not us say", the directors of the seminaries. Then who is to blame for the loss of dogmatic and moral truths and the use of birth control and abortions? They, the seminarians, become an imitation of the sixties priests who have done such harm to the Church without hearing one hiccup from their sixties conscience.
What a dreadful situation this is, we have young men eager to serve and yet their so-called fathers have let them down. These Fathers have allowed their sons to become like them filled with their opinions but not with the tenets, practices and orthodox traditions of our church. With this lack of formation they are prey to every foolish personal opinion of many of the laity, those outside the priesthood and are new members of our community entirely unschooled in the knowledge of our faith. They persist in the knowledge of the reformation and later. These, who bring their habits from non catholic communities never grasping our faith and its rites and rituals, wanting only to bring us to theirs. These opinions should be treated as what they are trash and non catholic. They are not as some claim, made legitimate by a wrong headed understanding of Vatican 2.
So what are we to do. It is time that we stood for Christ and the revelations He has left time and time again in our past and glorious history, making sure they are taught and understood by first the Hierarchy, secondly the priests, who trusting nobody and why should they, except manque bishops, and thirdly the majority of catholics tepid and minimalists in the extreme.
Are we standing up? We should when these misfits pour scorn on our knowledge. We should fight tooth and nail for our beliefs. You will find very few of them will stand but run to their priests who support them rather than what they readily recognize as truth. Luckily locally there are many priests who try to hang in there and save the souls of their flock. My opinion for what it is worth is the others are stealing my faith and I will not let it happen. I am for the Church Militant, I pray for the Church Temporal and hope to join, when called, the Church Triumphant. I will not let the faith of my father, the faith he taught me by words and example slip away, driven from this world by uninformed fools. It would be nice if you all joined me.