There is a Roman document which deals with formation of seminarians: “Ratio fundamentalis institutionis sacerdotalis”
A priest wrote (slightly edited):
Hi Fr, great post on the abuse issues, thank you.
I have written up an argument for adding to the RatioFIS the requirement to involve good Catholic husbands and fathers, to come into the seminary and give their testimonies about the hard work they do to lead, support and defend their families. I think this could address the danger of other sinister feminizing influences. [Get this…] The Ratio requires women to have input into seminary formation but not lay men, yet it demands that the seminarians be conformed to Christ the Bridegroom and be formed in the virtue of fatherhood. St Joseph is held up as a role model but I think good manly men could also be helpful.
I hope this could be implemented in the US and maybe from there become part of the Ratio generally.
If you can help encourage this idea, I would be grateful. I have a short doc file with my proposal and relevant quotes from the current RatioFIS
Fraternally in Christ the Priest,
[For now and for his sake, I’ll keep his name out of it.]
This is a good idea.
I have long held that some laymen, as fathers, face this everyday that would make most priests roll up in a ball in the dark. Of course it can go the other way, too. Each of us have the grace of the sacraments suited to our vocations.
But think about the way the writers of the Ratio emphasized women… and not men.
Think about that.