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Friday, January 31, 2014

Priest by Name Only and Not by Deed

In light of the scandals caused by disobedient clergy in recent years it helps to examine the relevant writings of the Saints, Popes and doctors of the Church. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote:"The Church is never abandoned by God to the point of not having enough capable priests for the needs of the people. It is better to have a few good men than a multitude of bad ones." 

One of St. John Eudes (1601-1680) writings is also quite prophetic, if not terrifying for our time: "The most evident mark of God's anger, and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world, is manifest when He permits His people to fall into the hands of a clergy who are more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds. They abandon the things of God to devote themselves to the things of the world and, in their saintly calling of holiness, they spend their time in profane and worldly pursuits. When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people and is visiting His most dreadful wrath upon them." 

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