Manmade or Mystery?

The area where I live is feeling the effects of the so-called priest shortage. One of our local priests, a very spiritual, prayerful man, died recently at a very young age. Another priest from the same area has been assigned this priest’s parish – this in addition to the parish he already serves. Small problem: the priest assuming the duties of the deceased priest is very ill himself. He will no doubtedly have to reduce the number of masses offered at these two parishes along with his availibility for administering the sacraments. This priest is a very holy man, a true father and shepherd to his people – he will need much assistance and prayer.
We are blessed to have several parishes in our small area – this is Catholic country – but the situation seems uncertain and a little tenuous.
I remember writing to our bishop about the priest shortage and the lack of vocations in his diocese. I pointed out to him that the traditional orders have waiting lists of young men wanting to study for the priesthood – that the traditional homeschool academy with which my family is affiliated has several young boys thinking and talking about the priesthood. And the reaction to these traditional orders and homeschool academies? They are shunned, denigrated, called extremists and “pre-Vatican II dinosaurs”, ignored and even persecuted – and all this by those who sit in committee meetings and discuss and wonder where all the vocations have gone. We have Teen Masses, Spanish Masses, Indian Masses, Charismatic Masses – but just mention the desire to have a Mass according to the missal of 1962 – the mass referred to until 40 years ago as “The Mass of All Time” – and watch the horrified look of disbelief and astonishment come over these people’s faces. Tradition is one of the seeds and springboards of holy vocations – a young man being reared and groomed in a traditional Catholic home is much more likely to hear and obey the call of Almighty God. Bishop Fulton Sheen once said that 3 out of every 5 young men are called to the priesthood – but the call goes unnoticed and unheard unless a young man is prepared to listen and hear that call. On a large scale, the very things that promote and encourage vocations – things which are unmistakably Catholic- have been discarded in an attempt to hijack the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and take those teachings in a direction they were never intended to go. The shortage of priests is a fruit of that hijacking. The solution is for those of us who call ourselves traditional to set the example of authentic Catholic living and restore the Church to Her glory one soul at a time. A consistent example and the right words when needed just might do the trick. God Bless.