Goodbye Good Men.
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(02-07-2012, 12:12 AM)Walty Wrote:
(02-06-2012, 10:40 PM)DrBombay Wrote: Yeah, you might want to take some of the stories in that book with a grain of salt.  SOME, not all.

Here's the deal, and the review below makes the same point.  Just because some guy leaves the seminary doesn't mean he's being persecuted.  Let me give you an example.  Seminarian X is a devout young man.  He's always early to the chapel for Mass, Lauds, Vespers, Adoration or any other liturgical function. He can often be seen in the chapel sitting quietly meditating, praying his rosary or doing spiritual reading.  He's diligent in his academic studies and does well.  He completes all of his house jobs and other seminary responsibilities promptly and without complaint.  Perfection, right?  Well...the problem is he spends all of his spare time in his room, reading O'Connell and Fortescue.  He has a custom made cassock with a watered silk fascia from Rome which he wears all the time and speaks with disdain to anyone who will listen of the seminary cassock he's asked to wear on special occasions.  He's also quite proud of his lacy surplice.

So why would Seminarian X get bounced from the seminary?  For praying too much?  Studying too hard?  Being too responsible? 

Nope.  For being a rubrical egghead.  For being someone who could name in intricate detail the 7 different shades of liturgical rose but couldn't name the 7 corporal works of mercy if he had a gun pointed at his biretta.  We don't need more liturgical fancy boys in the priesthood.  Take the cassock off, put on a pair of jeans and go spend a couple of hours with your brother seminarians drinking beer and/or otherwise acting like a normal human being. 

I definitely know what you're talking about here, but it doesn't have to be either or.  The priesthood needs men to remain in their cassocks, but to understand that this doesn't give them some mandate to be as persnickety and precocious as they want. 

The seminaries are already full with a lot of guys who are all too ready to don jeans and act like they're not a priest.  The key is to respect and love the Church and your office as priest without being weird about it.  Unfortunately, the Church is seen, at best, as a quaint but trivial institution by most folks these days.  A lot of the guys who go off to seminary aren't your typical dude, but are attracted to the Church in the same way that 25 year olds in basements across the US are attracted to Dungeons and Dragons.

LOL.

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Goodbye Good Men. - by damooster - 02-06-2012, 03:12 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by AnneTce - 02-06-2012, 03:22 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by newyorkcatholic - 02-06-2012, 03:23 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by SCG - 02-06-2012, 03:33 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Old Salt - 02-06-2012, 03:37 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by WhollyRoaminCatholic - 02-06-2012, 04:45 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by CaptCrunch73 - 02-06-2012, 05:38 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by VoxClamantis - 02-06-2012, 09:05 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Dragonslayer - 02-06-2012, 09:40 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by salus - 02-06-2012, 09:41 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by SCG - 02-06-2012, 09:47 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by DrBombay - 02-06-2012, 10:40 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by The_Harlequin_King - 02-06-2012, 10:57 PM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Walty - 02-07-2012, 12:12 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Vetus Ordo - 02-07-2012, 12:26 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Walty - 02-07-2012, 12:36 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Vetus Ordo - 02-07-2012, 12:44 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Walty - 02-07-2012, 12:55 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Christus Imperat - 02-07-2012, 12:59 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by charlesh - 02-07-2012, 02:00 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by TraditionalistThomas - 02-07-2012, 05:11 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Edward - 02-07-2012, 09:15 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Scotus - 02-07-2012, 11:45 AM
Re: Goodbye Good Men. - by Magdalene - 02-07-2012, 03:16 PM



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