Friday, November 17, 2006

What's Really Wrong with Priestly Formation

The Curt Jester has posted a link to Fr. John Trugilio's dismantling of a recent Commonweal Magazine editorial concerning the poor quality of priestly formation in today's seminaries.

Similarly, the ecclesiastical radicals bragged about their disdain for the Pope, the Vatican and the Magisterium. Academic freedom and liberty of conscience were their mantras. Yet, if someone under their authority dared to disagree or worse yet, disobey the disobedient, then the fascist side of them emerged. While there was no equivalent Peasants' Revolt, we did have in the seminary those who refused to be disloyal to Rome. It was not the people in the pews who faithfully went to church for Mass and confessions who demanded that their parishes remove statues, communion rails or whitewash their sanctuaries. The liturgical Nazis imposed iconoclasm on many parishes and they even deported Christ by removing Tabernacles and placing them in obscure, small, and covert 'Eucharistic chapels' instead of the main worship space.

Reminds me a little about the response I received from my bishop when I reported some irregularities in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. I also requested additional opportunities to attend the Tridentine Rite and received very helpful guidance to find the only parish in the diocese where this rite is permitted.
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