03 December 2009

Priest Shortage, or the Necessary Outcome of Conflation of Roles?


"The mass of humanity which floods the Sanctuary of the typical Parish Church today distorts the definition of sanctuary which is supposed to be a place of refuge and protection. It has become a vantage point for primping and preening of the various Lay Ministers who claim the space as their own personal venue. The truth is that there is hardly any room for the consecrated Priest which results in the denigration of the role of the Priest in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And so, the emasculation of the Priesthood continues on its relentless path to the ultimate destruction of the dignity of the Priesthood. We are unwittingly forcing the Priest to accept a lesser role in the liturgy rather than a higher role befitting the dignity of the Priesthood.

Are we Catholics to assume that there is a legitimate shortage of Priests in the Catholic Church today? Not likely when Christ made such spectacular promises to those who serve Him. That man who answers His call receives a hundredfold in return and shall possess life everlasting. That is an extraordinary incentive program! Are we to assume that Christ, in effect, has abandoned the Church He Himself established on such carefully structured principles? Not likely when His Church is the only path to Eternal Salvation and Christ desires that we save our souls. Those same souls He suffered and died for. Are we to assume that Christ provided no future leadership for His Church through the system of Apostolic Succession? Not likely when the Church has been One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic since its very founding."

--John W. Blewett

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The only change I would make in the above quote is to strike the word "unwittingly" and replace it with "intentionally".

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

And unfortunately the Bishops and Archbishops don't care what me or you think. This will continue to go on no matter what. Because they to are controlled by the liberal laity. "So get used to it or leave!" is what I have been told. So I did. And now I go to an Orthodox Church, because I lost all faith and trust in the Roman Rite Catholic priests. And even if things were to change. I still in the back of my mind could never trust them. They are puppets to the liberal laity who always get their way. And hide under the umbrella of Vatican 2. So now I say to them, if you don't like the way Orthodox Christians worship than you to can leave!. Cause were never changing!.

thetimman said...

The problem there is that you have cut yourself off of the vine. The Orthodox have no authority to define dogma or to define Sacred Tradition. Yes the worship style is ancient and beautiful. But better to remain within the Church in an eastern rite.

Lynne said...

What's the source for this?

Lady said...

Anonymous,

If you live in St. Louis, or any state that has the Institute of Christ the King, then you should look them up. They do not have the bossy laity who think they are above the priests. It is like another world there, beautiful. I'm sure other Traditional churches are just as faithful.

All the orthodox churches I know of are in schism with the pope. That can not be what a good Catholic would really want in his heart?

thetimman said...

Lynne, John Blewett is the Editor of Latin Mass Magazine. This is from his piece this month.

Lynne said...

Thanks! I totally agree with Mr. Blewett by the way...

karen said...

If Communion was distributed by only the priest, wouldn't that entail a longer Mass? Hmmmmm. The faithful can't even stay in their seats till the end of Mass, as short as it is now. Why, oh why did we ever change?

Anonymous said...

Horror of horrors - actual humans are helping out the Lord's table! Don't they know that when Jesus sat with his 12 apostles at His Last Supper, He really meant to be facing East, with His back turned to them? And that the simple clay cup He used was meant to be made of expensive gold? And instead of His robe and sandals, He intended to wear lacy frocks with gold thread?

Honestly, when my family comes to my house for dinner, I don't expect them to sit on their derriers and wait to be served. Nor do I intend to be at a Eucharistic celebration where only one man does everything. The Eucharist is supposed to be our Lord's dinner, not a formal set of incantations that mirrors Voodooism.

I respect the reverence you have in the Latin Mass, but it is okay to ALSO find God's presence in every Sacrifice of the Mass - no matter how much you insinuate God is offended by what our Church Fathers have chosen for our 1 billion brethren.

CinpersonamariaeP said...

Perhaps the problem here is "Eucharistic celebration" versus Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Some Christians incorrectly view mass as just another dinner with people sitting on their derriers (sic).

And the rest of Anon's post implying the Latin mass mirrors Voodooism is just plain offensive.

And, for what it's worth, I always serve my family when they come to dinner. It is a pleasure and an honor to serve others.