Actually, you might do well to read the introductions to the CCC. The desire was to have a single point of reference for doctrine & dogma in faith and morals. In addition, it was geared toward bishops and theologians, who were expected to utilize it in order to develop local compendia and catechisms. In fact, the bishops of the United States did exactly that: the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (which can be accessed in its entirety online at the USCCB site) is a catechism that’s actually readable and accessible to the average Catholic in America.
We don’t only have the Bible, we have so many beautiful rituals and customs that are being lost, why? I’ve been to Benediction where the priest doesn’t know how to pray a proper Benediction. They take so many short cuts & their excuse is its an option so we chose not to do it anymore.
That’s an entirely different question, and speaks to seminary formation over the past 30-50 years. These days, however, many of these deficiencies have been addressed – at least in the States – and you’d be surprised to see how many young seminarians are well-versed in the traditions of the Church and hold to orthodox beliefs and practice. Be patient.
Remember when you could speak to Father after Mass? Now you have to make an appointment!
And this, too, is a whole different subject! The reason you can’t speak to Father after Mass is that, generally, he has to high-tail it out of there, in order to get to the parish down the street or across town, so that he’ll be on time to celebrate Mass there! So, this speaks to the way in which we, the faithful, have failed to encourage our sons, nephews and grandsons to become priests!
Please don’t tell me about needing time off, Jesus barely slept
A couple of thoughts:[list]*]Jesus is God Incarnate. Your priest ain’t.
*]Even Jesus needed to get away – if you knew your Bible well, you’d know that he often told his disciples “let’s get away to this deserted place” so that He could rest and pray and retool
*]A priest who doesn’t take time to keep himself healthy (and yes, this includes down time) is a priest who soon burns out. We have precious few priests as it is – let’s let them stay healthy, ok?
Holy Father Francis said, “If a priest has a hobby or collection of things, he’s not living his vocation”.
I tried looking for this quote, but couldn’t find it. Could you please give me a citation for the quote?
In the “good 'ol days”, Father was always available, sometimes he was so exhausted he’d say, “when I hit my pillow last night I was out”, those were loving Fathers.
Talk to your priest; I’m betting he’ll tell you the same thing today…