- "Priests must not use vocation as social stepping stone, cautions Benedict XVI :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)"
The Black Biretta (July 9, 2010)
My first reaction was that this is an example of the Catholic Church being literally universal - it's hard to imagine an American seeing the Catholic priesthood as a "social stepping stone." not of the 'upwardly mobile' sort, anyway.
On the other hand, there's this bit:
"...He noted that if a priest's main goal is to 'achieve success,' he will say 'what people want to hear' and 'adapt to changing fashions and opinions.'Okay: that I can see as applicable to American society.
" 'In this way, he will deprive himself of the vital relationship with truth, reducing himself to condemning tomorrow what he praises today,' Benedict XVI warned...."
(CNA, via The Black Biretta)
"Peer pressure" is something I generally associate with children and teens: but the fact is, we all deal with it. There's this urge to fit in, be accepted, at least not be ridiculed.
With so many highly-respected people spouting philosophies worthy of Macbeth's advisers, saying that foul isn't fair simply isn't socially acceptable in some circles.
But, the way I see it, Catholics - priests included - are supposed to talk sense: even if nonsense is all the rage.
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