By: George Dunlap, January 28, 2020 With trust and strength in God, we the Laity of our local parishes must rise and stand with our Priest; Yes we must hold them accountable, just as we must hold our neighbor and friends accountable for their dealings with wrongful acts. We must hold all our brothers to account not just one group or another. For we the men of The Fremont Catholic Men’s Group believe, “Iron Sharpens Iron, Prov.27:17” we must stand with our fellow Priests in faith. We must hold all accountable.
The Following article by Peter M. J. Stravinskas offers some good insight into another area of concern, regarding the continuing need to work together in our faith and love of God. The Laity must be part of the solution with our fellow brothers the Priest.
Why priestly morale is in the doldrums
We thought in particular of priests. Our priestly heart wanted to comfort them, to encourage them. With all the priests, we pray: Save us, Lord, we perish! The Lord sleeps while the storm is unleashed. He seems to abandon us to the waves of doubt and error. We are tempted to lose confidence.
So begins From the Depths of Our Hearts: Priesthood, Celibacy and the Crisis of the Catholic Church, co-authored by Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah (yes, they really did co-author the book!). It is most encouraging to have these words of affirmation from the Pope Emeritus and the man I hope is the next to wear a white cassock. Those words reminded me of the wonderfully supportive Holy Thursday letters of St. John Paul II to his “beloved priests.” Such papal sentiments have been terribly lacking over the past seven years. My point in this present exercise, however, is not to dwell on the lack of papal buoying up but to bring to the attention of our readers a problem closer to home – and that is the double-standard priests experience within their own dioceses.Continue reading