Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Does this story disgust you as much as it does me? It's all about the shrinking ranks of Catholic priests and how lay people are all too happily filling their roles and taking over parishes that were once run by priests. The author makes it sound like a good thing. We need to pray for vocations! Pray, pray, pray! Otherwise we'll have a million little Pammies (like the one in this story) running around our sanctuaries thinking they are priests. Oh, I know some will say that it's a good thing someone is stepping up to the plate and taking on this leadership role, but I disagree. We need priests administering to the people, not well meaning lay people who think they can act as substitutes for the sacred office of priest. I would drive a million miles to attend a church that has a real priest, rather than attend one of these lay run parishes.