by John Mallon
The problems in the church today are not caused by the teaching of Jesus and of his church, but by lack of fidelity to them. --Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
In Mallon's Humble Opinion, it is time for these things (petitions from priests against Church teachings) to be stopped. Maybe it's time to start showing chronically discontented priests the door. Perhaps they can get jobs as social workers where belief and fidelity are not required.
The time and place for "dialogue" on celibacy is before ordination within one's own heart, with God and one's spiritual director. Let's remember the disastrous results of the non servium presented by so many priests at the release of Humanae Vitae. Had that been dealt with properly at the time we would have been spared many of the problems we have in the Church (and the world) today. Thankfully the generation of dissident priests is aging rapidly.
This certainly sounds like a case of the grass is always greener. I am single. It is not easy. But from all I can gather, neither is marriage. I would someday like to be married. For this reason (among many others) I never aspired to the priesthood. That seemed sensible enough. As a believer I accept Church disciplines. If you want to be married why be ordained? These are free choices. We know that celibacy is not easy. This is because life is not easy.
The idea pounded from the Catholic Left that all these "changes" are necessary so the priesthood won't dry up indicates a lack of belief in Divine Providence. In fact one of the main factors in the lack of vocations for the last 20 years has been the dominence of dissent in the seminaries and priesthood which makes life miserable for the orthodox seminarian and priest.
Dissenters simply ignore or cry sour grapes when presented with the evidence that dioceses with a strong and publicly orthodox bishop are not lacking in vocations.
After over 20 years of living under a dissident bishop himself under the threat of blackmail (which finally became public) Archbishop Dolan must be a breath of fresh air for the Catholics of Milwaukee.