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For New England Catholics and anyone else... [Jul. 15th, 2007|07:43 pm]
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The Archdiocese of Boston is facing a shortage of priests. Am I surprised? Not too much.

Link here: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO57459/


I am wondering if they know why. And maybe they do know, they just don't want to admit it. Personally, I think it's because people still haven't gotten over the sex abuse scandal and the whole idea of a vow of chastity.

Any thoughts?
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[User Picture]From: his_bee
2007-08-29 12:07 am (UTC)
i too hate when people argue that there are fewer vocations because of the pedophilia scandals. pedophilia happens at the same rate in the general population as it does in priests....after all, they are human too. that's not to minimize how hard it must be to be abused by one's priest, but the way the media has gone after the Church for the failings of a handful of priests is just more anti-catholic rhetoric really. they can't get their heads around the idea of why celibacy is important, so they blame the concept for creating a sexual disease.

ok now that i've ranted....real reason for posting: priests need our prayers too :)

A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

John Cardinal O'Connor

Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for OUR needs. We pray for them in THEIR needs.

We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, annointed them, filled them with the Holy Spirit, appointed them to teach, to preach, to minister, to console, to forgive, and to feed us with Your Body and Blood.

Yet we know, too, that they are one with us and share our human weaknesses. We know too that they are tempted to sin and discouragement as are we, needing to be ministered to, as do we, to be consoled and forgiven, as do we. Indeed, we thank You for choosing them from among us, so that they understand us as we understand them, suffer with us and rejoice with us, worry with us and trust with us, share our beings, our lives, our faith.

We ask that You give them this day the gift You gave Your chosen ones on the way to Emmaus: Your presence in their hearts, Your holiness in their souls, Your joy in their spirits. And let them see You face to face in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread.

We pray to You, O Lord, through Mary the mother of all priests, for Your priests and for ours. Amen.

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