Monday, September 01, 2008

Priests and criticism

There is, rightly, amongst some Catholic bloggers, a call for restraint in the criticism of Catholic priests. Certainly we owe our priests respect and as Martin Kelly points out, a little humility and good grace among the blogging laity would not go amiss.

To give some context, however, it would be only fair to point out the fact that Arius , John Knox, Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli and Jan Hus were all priests. I hope all good Catholics of any age would take them and their ilk to task.

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Blogger Jane said...

I agree with you and respect the calling and sacred character of all ordained priests. It doesn't mean I must respect all a priest's opinions and behaviour.

From what I see on the blogosphere, it's the bishops that get most of the flak! My attitude to them is the same as to priests.

1:37 PM  
Blogger antonia said...

I totally agree with Martin Kelly. I too am frequently shocked with how nasty some catholic bloggers can be. Sometimes they seem to be gossiping and insulting Priests just for the sake of it, or to make a point which could be made SIGNIFICANTLY more chritably.

Of course there will always be Priests who do shameful things, (such as the ones you named and many other in our own time), but I think there are ways of saying things without resorting to banal mocking or put-downs (which is what bloggers frequently do). I find it frankly pathetic and embarrasing.

Sorry for the rant, but the disrespectful treatment of Priests (no matter what they do) is a subject really does get me worked up!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Ottaviani said...

People do not know the difference between dignity of the office and the dignity of the person. All Catholics must respect and honour the dignity of the priesthood because they administer the sacraments and preach the word of God (or at least they're meant to anyway). It doesn't mean that they are automatically immune from criticism when their actions scandalise the faithful and drives souls away from the church. It was St. Thomas Aquinas who said once that if a prelate ever spoke anything against the faith, then he ought to be rebuked in public lest he misleads the flock.

All the more reason to pray for them.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel I must comment, despite this being an old topic...


8:27 AM  

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