By Diogenes (articles ) | May 04, 2003
"We need to hone our criteria for selecting candidates for the priesthood of Christ," Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Ill., said in an address Sept. 29 to the National Association of Diocesan Vocation Directors convention in Cincinnati. Asking whether there are "qualities that militate against selecting a candidate," Gregory recommended, among other points, that vocation directors be "wary of those who seek to save the church ... it is important not to give potential students the impression that they are those who must decide matters of orthodoxy, liturgical propriety and spiritual merit."
Erie County deputies said they never imagined that the 74-year-old man they hauled from a Lake Erie resort for being a bit too rowdy was a high-ranking leader of the Byzantine Catholic Church. All they knew, they said in their report, was that their handcuffed prisoner wore no pants and only one sock, was obviously drunk, had set off a fire alarm and groped two male deputies and a female clerk about 1 a.m. Thursday at Sawmill Creek in Huron. Their prisoner, they said, also propositioned the deputies. At the jail, they identified him as Monsignor Robert V. Yarnovitz, a cleric at St. John Byzantine Catholic Church in Parma, said Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth.
You have to hand it to Monsignor Bob: he's not the kind of guy who takes it upon himself to decide matters of orthodoxy, liturgical propriety, or spiritual merit.
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