[quote=4HisChurch]You know, it gets to the point where I have to believe that God will use this current difficult situation to the greater good of the Church, however hopeless it may seem now.
I agree. Priests are under very difficult circumstances, and very few men even try to become one. We need to learn how to help the priests in negotiating their duties better than we are now. Priests are faced with so many temporal duties and responsibilities many of them, as one confessed to me, end up giving up their prayer life and, in his words, “what good is a priest without a prayer life?”
While we put them into this world of continual temporal pressure, we expect them to be so divine that we don’t have to worry about their particular sins. OK, so now there is one thing out of all this that we recognize; the holiness of priests and their behavior cannot be presupposed, nor can we expect them to perform in the roles of immense responsibility on a worldly level without some serious glitches. Think about how small a pool of men there is from which the world’s largest organization and all its management levels must be run – we expect these people to manage an organization bigger than Wal-Mart and do it to perfection?
These are tests through which we are being purified, I believe – both individually and organizationally. One thing I think is different is evidenced by this very forum. Now that Catholics can be in communication with each other worldwide, we might just be able to be in better “communion” as well, and help each other help our clergy do things better.
Though I am cynical of the virtus program, given the condition we were in I do not fault the Church for implementing it, because it is very likely a prudent worldly measure. Sometimes a mediocre solution right now is more valuable than a better solution still in the formulation phase. :hmmm:
That said, I still think a lot of it – now I’m talking specifically about Virtus – is misdirected, overly bureaucratic, and may very well cause new problems even as it may solve old ones. :banghead: