Path To Happiness: Force and Clarity

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.

and this:

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.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Path To Happiness: Force and Clarity

  1. Rob F. says:

    Are US seminaries really trouncing Europe on academics and formation? My anecdotal evidence confirms the brightest and best priests I’ve known were trained in either Belgium or Rome.

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    That’s a fairly recent photo.

    I wonder how many are still active priests?

    I’m sure the one who weren’t folidng their hands absolutely perfectly in the accepted orthodox manner were the slackers and losers who left early and often.

    Then there were those who were smiling — tsk, tsk, tsk.

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