The answer to the chaos in the Church is…

I received a note today from a friend in London – how I need a visit there! – who made one of the wisest comments I’ve read about The Present Crisis.

“The answer to the chaos in the Church is to make children and make new priests.”

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  1. Joy65 says:

    AMEN to that “make new devout practicing Catholic children and make new Priests.”

    PLEASE PRAY UNCEASINGLY for ALL Priests, Religious Brothers & Sisters, Deacons, Seminarians, our Pope, Bishops, Cardinals and all discerning vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.

  2. roma247 says:


    If I may clarify that pithy bit just a tiny bit further…

    “The answer to the chaos in the Church is to make well-formed Catholic children and make new priests.”

    And we need to start with the generation that is already born…

  3. RunsOnDecaf says:

    As a mother of six, 12&under, a common, current hot topic and concern of people like me are the seminaries. I wouldn’t want my boys to enter seminary other than Our Lady of Guadalupe in Denton, NE with the FSSP. Please God, this will change for the better when my boys are old enough to answer God’s Call if it be His Will that they be priests. But many vocations are being lost right now because good men are chased out of the seminaries. It’s desperate. Fast and pray!

  4. Shonkin says:

    To RunsOnDecaf: There are other good seminaries, thank God. (I suspect you have read Michael Rose’s book, Goodbye Good Men.)
    Our diocese used to send its seminarians to Mount Angel in Oregon. I read some horror stories about that seminary. Maybe it has got better, maybe not. But now our men go to Saint John Vianney in Colorado. I have heard nothing but good about SJV.

  5. MrsMacD says:

    @RunsOnDecaf – The Benedictine Monks of Clear Creek Oaklahoma might be worth a gander

  6. The Cobbler says:

    At this point, I’m more than a little concerned about being able to make children and raise them Catholic.

  7. PTK_70 says:

    Right now the Church (or should I say western society in general) needs prayerful, virtuous, meek yet strong nuns/sisters more than it needs new priests.

    This is not an assertion that the Church doesn’t need new priests.

  8. Malta says:

    VERY good advice. As Our Lady’s message at Akita are being fulfilled before our eyes. In the days ahead we may not have many Priests left.

  9. Imrahil says:

    Dear roma247,

    I’d guess that even with faithful Catholic parents with best intentions and reasonable skill in parenting, that their children turn out well-formed Catholics still is a lottery win these days.

    And may God count the rest as ignorant.

  10. DavidJ says:

    #6 is on is way, and if any of my children answered God’s call to the priesthood or religious life, I’d weep for joy.

  11. JEF5570 says:

    One of the most disheartening things about this whole ordeal has been to read the bios of the priests and bishops who are involved in the filth. They generally come from large families with parents who, to all outward appearances, took their faith seriously and sacrificed mightily in the raising of their children. How heartbreaking it is to think of that mother who made a true offering to God like the holy mother Hannah, only to find out later that he went the way of Judas.

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