I received a thought provoking e-mail. The author is a professor in a Catholic university. I’ve anonymized it.
I’m preaching at a first mass on May ___: a young man who gives hope amid the desolation hereabouts. He would be a natural for St. Agnes (in St. Paul). Product of a public high school, ___ , the same school that produced a senior I taught last year who is currently in the first year college-seminary program. You tell me. Hundred of millions of dollars spent on the Catholic high schools of ____ , and it’s the public schools that give us our meagre vocations.
In the same vein: a Barthian Protestant who teaches in our department took his class to France over the Spring break to visit a number of monasteries. After their return, the professor featured a guest appearance by a former monk, still a priest, who contended that monastic life is psychopathological and attracts "sick" people. A dozen or so Catholic kids listened in silence; the one Protestant student, who is also in my class, rose up to denounce the disparagement of what she had relished seeing for the first time, suggesting that the interlocutor was expressing his own inner turmoil rather than offering a true picture of the life he had abandoned.
The advantage of the outsider"!
This get’s me going…
– A parish like St. Agnes in St. Paul (MN) can produce some 30 vocations in as many years, but scores of others in the same place….? Zippo. You’ld think people might take notice and make adjustment, right? But no….
– Think of the millions, billions, squandered for the ridiculous experimentation we have endured. Will it ever end? It is so unjust to the people of God who are simply expected to cough up more money for programs that don’t work and wreckovations they never asked for.
– I am really tired of a bunch of failures foisting their ’60’s etc. baggage of sour grapes on the rest of us.
Thus, I end my little rant.