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Thursday, December 8, 2016

You can please some of the people some of the time. Holy Father under fire from the left.

As the Holy Father faces harsh criticism from certain activist-dissenters over the recently published guidelines regarding eligibility for entry into the ordained priesthood, Church-loving Catholics might do well to consider who or what kind of Catholic might be the better ally in the struggle to preserve the dignity of Holy Orders.

The Four Cardinals and, now, the many others stepping forward to defend Catholic teaching may very well be the necessary allies that the Holy Father needs, not the limp witnesses who, failing to zealously defend the received teaching of the Church regarding (in)eligibility to receive Holy Communion, are most likely to water down those guidelines which protect not only the dignity of the priesthood but also attend to the long view of providing healthier parishes.

Dissenting (c)atholics, mired in the politics of the day, are reacting negatively to the document published by the Congregation for the Clergy which makes clear there are certain behaviours and dispositions that will preclude men from becoming priests.

Catholics, concerned for the well being of children and the spiritual health of parishes, should rally to the prudent affirmation of common sense policy.

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