Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's Not Just A Job, It's An Adventure

To the tune of the Army commercial "Be All That You Can Be":

BE, ALL THAT YOU CAN BE, IN THE SEMINARY!

The Catholic Church in America is facing a shortage of priests. Today's New York Times featured this article (subscription required) about the steep decline in men entering the priesthood. Half a century ago, at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, a city just north of the Bronx, "several hundred men at a time studied to be ordained as priests for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York," whereas now, "only 22 are enrolled."

The article quotes a Rev. Luke Sweeney, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of New York, who asks rhetorically, “How do we get the ‘cool’ factor back into the priesthood?

One of the ways the Diocese is trying to market the priesthood is through its recruitment web site, nypriest.com. Out of curiosity, I decided to give the site a quick perusal.

I started my inquiry by checking out the section appropriately titled "For Starters". From thence I clicked on the link for "What Is the Priesthood?" Well, maybe I am a little biased as an atheist, but I hardly think a picture of a bunch of guys doing this is the right way to stir up interest in a vocation as a priest.

Before one can seriously contemplate a career as a Roman Catholic priest, that person, excuse me, I meant that man, as women are not allowed to become priests, must ask himself, "Am I called?" The web site gives us a list of signs that indicate a man is ready to embark on a priestly calling.

One former high school teacher quoted in the New York Times article says, "You can stick your head in the sand, or you can do something to change it. What more heroic life is there than to touch these eternal mysteries?" Oh, I don't know, maybe a job as a New York City fireman, or a doctor with Doctors Without Borders?

6 comments:

Mercurious said...

This is pretty informative in giving us an idea of the men drawn to the priesthood...misanthropes with no social skills or abilities to establish meaningful relationships with actual people.

This is almost as distasteful to me as the Marine Corp propoganda pieces that play as trailers before theater movie screenings.

Barbiebrains said...

The picture of the prostrated priests cracked me up. The creepier Roman Catholic sects such as the Opus Dei or the Legionnaires of Christ use guerrilla tactics to indoctrinate young men into the priesthood...they bring them into the seminary, isolate them from family and friends, brainwash and completely eviscerate their will. Rumor has it that Opus Dei devotees even spike their food with "pharmaceutical gummy bears" to reduce their libido. These wackos run loose in the Third World with ZERO accountability.

Tommy said...

Hey Barbie! Thanks for coming by. Maybe they should give those pharmaceutical gummy bears to our elected officials too!

Barbiebrains said...

I enjoy your blog. I am a regular reader'cause you don't hold back. Good stuff, Tommy!

Tommy said...

Thanks Barbie! BTW, I put you on my sidebar. Hopefully that will throw a few readers your way.

Barbiebrains said...

Thanx, Tommy!