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Well then ... well then ... well then ... who's left?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 24, 2005

For those who complain that the mainstream media aren't interested in the theology of Mystici Corporis, check out today's New York Times, front page, above the fold:

"Unless you get a critical mass of bishops and religious superiors who say, Now we can't admit any gay men, I don't think it's going to have any discernible effect," [Father James Bretzke, S.J.] said. "There are lots of excellent gay priests and seminarians, and we have a priest shortage. We're not exactly in a buyer's market here. If you're not going to ordain gay men, and not going to ordain married men, and not going to ordain women, well then who's left? It's not exactly a big pool."

Father James, he's ... well, he's stumped. Can anyone out there help answer his question? Class ...?

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 25, 2005 9:27 AM ET USA

    The very fact that a Catholic Priest can publcly make such a remark and get away with it is a horror. Since when did the Roman Catholic Priesthood become a "refuge" for homosexuals? Did I miss something here? I must have been asleep when the "change" occured. When I think of all the frivolous reasons why orthodox, heterosexual men have been rejected from seminary the whole thing becomes a mockery.Action needs to be taken ane taken quickly. Such priests model defiance to the laity.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 24, 2005 8:46 PM ET USA

    how come those diocese's & religious orders which are orthodox seem to be attracting men to the Priesthood? heterosexual men, who value & accept the gift of celebacy, who have no trouble with the fact that only men are called to the Priesthood all the while valuing the role of women...knowing that women are not somehow less or unequal. And maybe, just maybe, the presence of "gays" in the Priesthood has discouraged many young men from pursuing their vocation. Next query Fr. James. . .

  • Posted by: - Nov. 24, 2005 2:26 PM ET USA

    Great picture, Uncle Di.

  • Posted by: skilli - Nov. 24, 2005 1:03 PM ET USA

    In 1969 then Fr. Joseph Ratzinger made these comments during a radio broadcast: "From today's crisis, a Church will emerge tomorrow that will have lost a great deal. She will be small and, to a large extent, will have to start from the beginning. She will no longer be able to fill many of the buildings created in her period of great splendour. Because of the smaller number of her followers, she will lose many of her privileges in society." I say---Let the winnowing begin.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Nov. 24, 2005 10:41 AM ET USA

    Hmmmm, let's crank up the pencil....220 million Americans, 24% are Catholics, half of whom are male . . . that's 26.4 million men . . . at their most inflated estimate, that makes 90% not-gay . . . so there's 23,760,000 Catholic males. If there were an even breakdown of Catholic males between ages 1-75, that means that there's 316,800 non-gay Catholic men graduating from high school this year ... and next year ... and the year after ... ad infinitum. So if only one percent of THEM entered...

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 24, 2005 10:40 AM ET USA

    Well, lets extend the Bretzke Schizi Wacki theology a little further: "There are lots of excellent polygamous men out there. With 10 wives and a full stable of farm animals, these folks are practically a Benedictine Monastery in a box. And we're in a bit of a box. Ya know the priest shortage. Look at the gifts they bring. They bring their own full bevy of extraordinary Eucharistic ministers AND altar servers." Gather us in.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 24, 2005 9:58 AM ET USA

    I have another question for the class: --- Where are you, Clement XIV, when we need you the most?

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