- There we have the problem. Both Mrs. Fitzpatrick and I caught it immediately. He wanted to be a priest to “help people.” He wanted to lead ceremonies and be with people during the most important parts of their lives. Nothing there about saving souls by preaching Christ and Him crucified. Nothing about being obedient to the teachings of the Church, or even to enhance his own chances of salvation. He wanted to be a social worker with a Roman collar. That is a huge part of the problem.
Bravo. That seems to be the root of the problem with so many so-called reformers and those who want to serve in the Church (as opposed to serving the Church). They misunderstand what the Church is and what her mission is. It’s like their theology was cut wholesale from the secular humanist culture of the Sixties.