Thursday, March 07, 2002

HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT FOR ORTHODOX SEMINARIANS?
This what Dreher says is part of the problem. He says that seminaries weed out candidates who don't favor reforms, and that smeinaries are shelters for a "gay sub-culture."

I don't know what the seminaries are like, so I can't speak to that.

For evidence of this, he points to this essay. I've read the essay, and agree that in some cases, a few reformers have hijacked the process to further their own agendas.

But nevertheless, shouldn't a priest be able to handle opposing viewpoints? If a man can't handle some people who think women should be ordained, is this really a person we want working in parishes, where he'll be exposed to an even wider variety of viewpoints? Are these men such delicate hothouse flowers than they're intimdated by a nun who advocates women in the priesthood in an overheard conversation?

Plus, I can't help but note the irony about how an orthodox seminarian who objecs to reforms has "set himself up against the system, and it becomes increasingly difficult for him to advance toward ordination" Hmm... how do you think reformers feel? How do you think a gay person who loves the Church feels? How do you think a woman who feels called toward the priesthood feels?

This may be a contributing factor to the priest shortage, but it's pretty clear that this isn't the big problem. And if these men are unable to deal with some opposing viewpoints and liturgical creativity, then I'm gald they won't be showing up to lead my parish.
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