Thursday, October 20, 2005

No Men to Fish

True story: So a priest gets sent this story lede from Religion News Service
Catholic Bishops Ask Priests to Recruit New Men to the Priesthood
(RNS) America's Roman Catholic priests will be asked to increase their dwindling ranks by personally reaching out to recruit new priests under a new program launched by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
But does the Good Father have any prospects to put forward??? He sent this in reply
No, sorry.

I know so few young men who are longing to go to (and in most cases, pay for) graduate school for four years, being subject to every dimension of psychobabble known to the human race, mod nun-speak, and now it appears Vatican-ese sexual-identity-gobbledygook whose end result is to end up being treated like shit both by the institution they've been sent from and the people they've been sent to and for reimbursement that barely covers living expenses . . .

There may be some few of those outside locked mental wards, but I just don't know of any.
Hmm. That's another failed vocation strategy down.... Next?



Blogger Flo said...

so why did he take the job.....?

isn't the whole point of "Fisher of men" to have priests reflect on their choice (which few seem to regret) and show to recruits that it might be worth to pay for grad school, tolerate psychobabble, mod non-speak, etc...

20/10/05 14:35  
Blogger Dom Dominic said...

so why did he take the job.....?

I think the point is, current clergy are burnt out, over worked, under appreciated (on all sides) and continually shafted by the chancery. Who in their right mind and right heart would encourage others; "Jump in the water's fine."

I'm not talking about a few bitter malcontents. These are honest, intelligent, good and holy priests that I know who repeatedly go above and beyond the call of duty.

It's all very sad, really.

20/10/05 15:24  
Blogger Fr. John said...

I agree. Most priests today seem to regard the diocesan administration as the enemy. Sometimes they have good reason to do so. One seldom has direct positive contact with anyone from 'downtown.' It can be hard for a pastor to get his calls returned. But if there is a hint of a problem - say someone complains to the diocese about the decisions that a soccer coach makes - "they" are on the phone to tell you that you are messing up. The soccer coach example is real, unfortunately.

20/10/05 19:41  

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