As some of the others have said, I think it’s a matter of maintaining a certain level of respect for their office and understanding their limits, but aside from that, it’s a great idea. Our priests need friends now more than ever.
Yes, well said above, Stellina. I assume that by limits you mean their workload in terms of time and being, well, different than the laity in terms of their office. Of course they are human and have the same needs and desires, generally speaking ,but yes, they do need friends and I’m sure can get lonely despite often being around people. One can be in a crowded room and still feel lonely. As one priest expressed to me once when he overheard a parishioner exclaim that “Father actually has a sense of humor!” he said, yes, I am a human being. It just goes to show that some people still think of priests as somehow not human or in some other mode of existence than the rest of us. Yes, it’s true that they have received a special anointing and calling but they don’t cease to be human or somehow loose their personality and former identity.