A friend sends along this reading from St. John Eudes. I make no public conclusion based on it, but offer it for your perusal:

    From St. John Eudes: “The most evident mark of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict on the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clergy who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds.  Instead of nourishing those committed to their care, they rend and devour them brutally. Instead of leading their people to God, they drag Christian souls into hell in their train. Instead of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world, they are its innocuous poison and its murky darkness. When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people, and is visiting His most dreadful anger upon them.  That is why He cries unceasingly to Christians, ‘Return, O ye revolting children…and I will give you pastors according to My own heart’ [Jer. 3:12-15].  Thus, irregularities in the lives of priests constitute a scourge visited upon the people in consequence of sin.”

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Domenico Bettinelli