Better formation of priests: this was a notion identified by the synod bishops. The quote at the end of this section comes from the bishops, but much of this has the ring of Pope Francis about it. One wonders if he himself experienced this in his formation as a Jesuit:
203. Seminarians should receive a more extensive interdisciplinary, and not merely doctrinal, formation in the areas of engagement and marriage. Their training does not always allow them to explore their own psychological and affective background and experiences. Some come from troubled families, with absent parents and a lack of emotional stability. There is a need to ensure that the formation process can enable them to attain the maturity and psychological balance needed for their future ministry. Family bonds are essential for reinforcing healthy self-esteem. It is important for families to be part of the seminary process and priestly life, since they help to reaffirm these and to keep them well grounded in reality. It is helpful for seminarians to combine time in the seminary with time spent in parishes. There they can have greater contact with the concrete realities of family life, since in their future ministry they will largely be dealing with families. “The presence of lay people, families and especially the presence of women in priestly formation, promotes an appreciation of the diversity and complementarity of the different vocations in the Church”.(Relatio Finalis, 2015, 61)
I know it’s beyond the scope of this document, but I think the Church would be better off for priesthood candidates to have ample ministry experience prior to seminary. Time spent in parishes during studies? Certainly, yes: this is necessary. In fact, I’d suggest that at least part-time ministry should be a constant for a seminarian in training. The old model of a monastery is tragically weak for diocesan clergy practically anywhere in the world.
For your reference Amoris Laetitia is online here.