Over at Zenit, I see an interview with an author-priest on Priestly Identity: Crisis and Renewal.
Father Toups has picked up the progressive lingo of “formation” over “education,” so you know his ideas can’t be all bad. Ongoing formation, no less. Way to go.
I’d say his musings on post-conciliar confusion were probably more due to two factors:
– Some Catholics, including priests, didn’t bother to read the post-conciliar documents, relying on a less or more “authoritative” interpretation from someone else. Some Catholics did read and conprehend, and since not every priest spawned from the early seventies and before is a basket case, I’d say some got the message.
– The main problem in the Catholic Church is that the three Vatican II documents on bishops, priests, and their formation shied away from reform and renewal. Many people got super-charged about the possibilities for the lay apostolate, liturgy, evangelization, and the Church’s interface with the modern world. If the priests got clunkers from the council, blame the bishops.
The appeal for more masculinity is always suspect. Sometimes, it’s just anti-gay pc-speak. More often, it’s just channeling anger. As I was reading Rod Dreher’s piece on women at Spring Break, it struck me that men and women both share a crisis of maturity. There are a number of priests, small but significant in percentage, I just want to tell: grow up for heaven’s sake!