Many priests are standing up in pulpits and making good statements and offering solid teaching.
On the other hand, we have recently heard troubling stories about priests. There was a complicated story in the last couple days about a priest removed from a parish and expelled from a diocese. There was a horrifying, disgusting story about two priests from Chicago who were busted for public lewdness in Florida.
How important it is to pray for priests.
Priests are human beings. Priests are hated with demonic malice by the Enemy of the soul. Priests walk around indelibly marked in their souls with the sacramental character of orders, but they are, while they breathe air on this side of the grass, also marked socially and supernaturally with bright flashing bulls-eyes on their backs and fronts.
I returned from a trip over Labor Day to find a box sent by a reader to my PO Box address (sidebar).
In the box, holy cards with Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy and a prayer for priests.
I like the “thees and thous”, but this is great. I particularly like this prayer.
I am deeply grateful for the effort taken to make these cards, which I will happily (and not without a measure of self-interest) distribute.