Monday, April 3, 2017

Tossati: "Priest Shortage? This Pope Gives no Incentive for Young Men"

(Rome) The question of the lack of priests, the abolition of celibacy as a prerequisite for the priesthood, and the admission of married men to the ordination of priests are now again discussed with particular insistence. In yesterday's edition of the La Vanguardia newspaper, their correspondent in Rome, Eusebio Val, published two full pages of an extensive report entitled "The Hour of Married Priests?" A reportage that allows interesting voices to be heard.

Snapshot at a priest's consecration: "Pray for priestly vocations"

La VanguardiaCatalonia 's largest daily newspaper, also reported on the positions of two leading Vatican officials, Sandro Magister and Marco Tosatti, both of whom are critical of the pontificate of Pope Francis. Both argue that the Argentine pope really insists that the abolition of celibacy is "not a solution" for the priestly shortage, but at the same time, in his own environment, a way of overcoming the priestly shortage which forsees the abolition of priestly celibacy.
The daily newspaper cites the Vaticanista Sandro Magister statement to Pope Francis:
"He always speaks in an ambiguous way. We should not be surprised. This is his style. The ambiguity opens a gap in order to discuss something, and then, in the end, to decide in the end. "
No less critical was Marco Tosatti. Pope Francis did not contribute to the promotion of priestly vocations and correcting the priestly shortage:
"It seems obvious to me that this pope is not providing an incentive for young men (towards the priesthood). The numbers say that, and you can not discuss numbers."
Religious orders and communities, such as the Franciscans of the Immaculate or the Priestly Society of the Holy Apostles, have many vocations." But this is exactly why they "are today attacked by their bishop or the pope."
And further:
"If young men join them [communities and orders], and you have one thing over their heads, then you can not expect vocations to arise in other places."
For both Vaticanistas, says La Vanguardia , the question of how the priestly deficit can be remedied is not about "liberalizing or relativizing the doctrine of the Church, but the exact opposite." The young people who have a calling feel serious and want to be taken seriously. They do not want the same thing in the Church that they can find elsewhere. They commit themselves for a lifetime. They must do this for what is worthwhile and not merely for a general discourse of goodness and solidarity. They are looking for more and they do not find it at the moment. That seems obvious to me."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL / Blog do Fernando (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred


Anonymous said...

This idiot, monster of a man, BERGOGLIO, seems to be heading toward a married priesthood while encouraging and facilitating divorce for annulments and the horrendous injustice this always involves, especially for children and abandoned spouses.

It is abundantly clear to anyone with functional neurons that this man is about pure evil and has the support of the overwhelming amount of clergy and, in my opinion/experience a significant MAJORITY of Catholics.

The decimation of a good priesthood is his goal.


Unknown said...

The priest shortage appears rather quite useful for the German bishops. Gives them a reason to set up lay ministers and so forth. In general though, the priest shortage has already been solved. If you wants priests, turn to tradition. But many bishops would rather have no priests than accept that solution; this is explained more here:

Kenny said...

I could not agree more.

Anonymous said...

My own Archdiosecean seminary in Philadelphia is a dead place, has been so for 50 years. But with Pope Francis, you actually feel the deadness of the place, a feeling of emptiness and loss. It's a feeling that something has been stolen....the Catholic Faith. And in it's place is fabricated garbage. No more Latin, no more chants, no more cassocks, no more discipline. It has the feel of a secular college.
One it had close to 600 seminarians (65 years ago...when we had a real Pope). Today, if they have 110 total, they're lucky. And they have to accept students from 10-15 other dioceses and even Orders to keep the place open. There was a small feeling of re-birth and hope under Benedict XVI there....a Catholicity returning. Not now with Francis.
It it stays open another 5 years, I'll be surprised. There was talk awhile back of selling the place. If they do...the seminary in finished.
Sometimes big ordination classes 60+ years ago, 45-50 new priests for our Archdiocese. Today, if they have a class of 5 new priests they celebrate. But usually it's 3-4.
Francis has, in 4 years, ruined the small gains in seminarians in the USA and world wide begun after 1988 with JPII, and gaining momentum under Benedict XVI. With Francis, world wide, there's been a steep decline.
Is anyone surprised?
Damian Malliapalli