All the news I wish to print

There are all kinds of stories out there. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry. Some will make you shrug, some will make you scream. Read any daily paper or listen to any newscast and your emotions can go from happy to sad to disbelief to fear to incredulity to horror to anger in very short order.
As we go along, there will be stories, as Paul Harvey used to say, to "wash your ears out with." There will be others that will make you feel like you need to be deloused simply by virtue of have in heard or read them. Some posts will be religious, some secular and for some I expect will defy easy classification in either category. I hope you will join me in this journey and pleas feel free to comment along the way.
For my part I pledge not to remove any posts unless they are vulgar, libelous, threatening or otherwise in violation of the standards of civil discussion. I will not remove any post simply because I disagree with it but I will reserve the right to respond to any challenges that come my way.
God bless you and welome to my blog.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Catholic Education, in Need of Salvation (by a married priesthood?)

Why is it that some people think that all the ills of the church may be addressed by a married priesthood? Whether its the decline in vocations or sex scandals or disappearing parishioners it seems that all of these problems would just vanish if the Church would just stop being so obstinate and allow priests to marry. This article in the NY Times Op Ed section seems to take the view that the the ills that beset parochial education in this country might best be addressed in this way either by policy change or by default as the numbers of priests continues to decline. But what is truly mind boggling is that a professor in a Catholic university is so incredibly ignorant of the role of the Permanent Deaconate in the Church. We are not lying in wait to take over the roles of priests as their number declines and that of deacons increases nor are we a defacto married priesthood waiting to be foisted on an unsuspecting congregation. The implication that we are is one born of ignorance that one might expect from the average reporter but I would expect more someone who is a professional Catholic educator. Or perhaps now I am the one being naive.

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