you have given them bread from heaven
What would you think of a group of mothers who united to support a campaign by little children to “boycott” all meals? Would you say that those women were confused? At best.
Mass attendance really was down this past Sunday, the Association insists, despite reports to the contrary. A statement from the Irish bishops’ conference, proclaiming the boycott a failure was “bordering on triumphalism,” and certainly not “helpful.”
Not helpful to what? The Association pays homage to the “committed Catholic women” who chose not to honor their Sunday-Mass obligation. “It is crucial that we remain in respectful dialogue with such women,” the group says.
And what about the fact that a deliberate and unexcused failure to attend Sunday Mass is a grave sin? These priests think it was not “helpful” for the Irish hierarchy to mention that.
So we know which side these men are on. Their top priority is “respectful dialogue” with critics of the Church, rather than preaching of the Gospel or administration of the sacraments. But on a very basic level, do these guys realize that if everyone followed their guidance, there would be no market for priests—not even for highly sensitive priests—and they’d be out of jobs?
I know what you’re thinking. You didn’t like that last sentence. You’re saying to yourself: “The priesthood is a vocation, not a job.” I know that. Does the Association of Catholic Priests?
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Posted by: patriot6908 -
Sep. 29, 2010 12:48 PM ET USA
The Association of Catholic Priests, is it? The very same politically correct fadists who worked so diligently to empty the pews, seal the confessionals, and make the teachings of the Church look like lite fare when compared to Sesame Street.
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Sep. 28, 2010 11:03 PM ET USA
Socialism for thee, but not for me sayeth the Association of Catholic Priests
Posted by: lauriem5377 -
Sep. 28, 2010 10:13 PM ET USA
We should pray for the souls of these seriously misguided Catholics - laity and priests. This article is tied to the one about the decline in education about our Catholic faith. In many instances the current generation truly 'does not know what they do'. First, Catholics need to be taught about the faith and then they need to be held responsible to practice the faith. Jesus carefully taught His disciples and then sent them to preach the Word and the Truth. We are losing that.