A confluence of two news bits in my box today. First, Rita Ferrone relates a charming experience of a seminary openings its doors to the praying Church.
Bill deHaas reminds us that the curia and their associates have thrown cold water (if not actual babies) on this idea here. His analysis of the seminary investigation of ’08:
It really is an amazing study and document – the bias and negativity against religious order seminaries is glaring and, then, after citing numerous areas of deficiencies, it ends by saying: “at least in diocesan seminaries”– because of the appointment of “wise and faithful rectors” – – they are, in general, healthy.
And I was immediately reminded of a Tablet piece by Robert Mickens that Jimmy Mac deposited in my email inbox today:
The heads of the Roman Curia were somewhat shocked to experience (some plain talk from Pope Francis) on 21 December at their annual pre-Christmas gathering with him.
(H)e very respectfully – yet unequivocally – took the Curia to task for gossiping and sometimes even lording it over Catholics (even bishops) around the world.
Quoting the Holy Father:
We rightfully insist on the importance of conscientious objection, but perhaps we too need to exercise it as a means of defending ourselves from an unwritten law of our surroundings, which unfortunately is that of gossip.
When professionalism is lacking, there is a slow drift downwards towards mediocrity. When the attitude is no longer one of service to the particular Churches and their bishops, the structure of the Curia turns into a ponderous, bureaucratic customs-house, constantly inspecting and questioning, hindering the working of the Holy Spirit and the growth of God’s people.
Conscientious objection when it comes to gossip: this is about right. Likewise the lack of professionalism. Adolescents shipped off to seminary, closed schools of course, movin’ on up to the far east (Rome) side, and just passing growing up, passing go, and all that.