This news bit from L’Osservatore Romano interviewing Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès from the Congregation for Catholic Education included a curious congruence only two sentences apart, as reported on Zenit. This:
The Vatican is aiming to prepare a “brief, forceful and very clear” document on the formation of seminarians as one of the elements to close the Year for Priests.
The congregation, the prelate added, wants to send a message to priests that they have been “chosen, [the priesthood] is an honor. Be happy to be a priest.”
I would love to see the interview text from L’OR to see if there’s really a connection here.
The message, as has been reported to the Catholic press, is that someone’s displeased with seminaries–even after the American visitation. I wonder if the American visitors went back to Europe with a message like, “Look guys: those rumors about thge smouldering ruins of US seminaries are untrue and these people are trouncing us on academics and formation. Let’s get this straight before somebody orders a worldwide visitation.
As always, it will be interesting to see how the Catholic internet takes this, especially those for whom the Church begins in Baltimore and ends with Cardinal Mahony (usually misspelled) and consists of mostly stuff in between.