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The Priesthood Still Belongs to Christ

Vatican II is often made a scapegoat for the many problems facing the Church. Certain traditionalists will deride priests ordained after the liturgical changes and condemn them as a class— of incompetence, heresy and a lack of fidelity. While such charges are quite unfair, as the original Modernists were ordained before the changes and celebrated the Tridentine Mass, it must be said that Satan and a secular modernity has targeted the priesthood, today. Concurring with the assessment of Pope Benedict XVI, we lament the scandals and the many ways that the desired fruits of Vatican II failed to materialize. There is hope in the new crop of vocations. The grace of God is manifesting itself, after years of turmoil. Truth is returning where a nebulous spirit of the council was often allowed to supplant what was intended by the council fathers. Those who would argue that both the tree and the fruit were rotten must face the fact of corrective truths espoused by Vatican II and imbedded in many conciliar and post-conciliar documents. Oddly they are sometimes ignored by both revisionists and traditionalists. Regarding the priesthood and its importance, we read: “The Council is fully aware that the desired renewal of the Church depends in great part upon a priestly ministry animated by the spirit of Christ” (Optatam Totius 1). This was true then, before and now. Our ministry is not our own. Christ must be alive, present and active in his ministers.

Closed churches and overworked men is the reality that we face with the vocations shortage.  Critics point to the numbers in assaulting celibacy or in slamming the Church as a dying institution without meaning for contemporary men and women.  We must be both sober and optimistic.  Hope is one of the three things that last.  Yes, there are over a billion Catholics on the planet.  Truth would make us admit that while many are baptized, a quarter or less of our people still participate at weekly Sunday Mass.  Among these numbers, there is measurable dissent and religious ignorance.  There is a lot of work to be done.  Priests and laity alike need the spirit of Christ if things are to change.